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An intergalactic vessel has to make an emergency landing high in the mountains of Colorado. A number of Sentinels are sent out to protect the perimeter. The Sentinel is an intelligence-gathering device grown for this purpose. It stands up right on huge, clawed hind legs. Its upper body is humanoid and it has a serrated upper and lower jaw allowing it to eat whatever is available. Sentinel’s are like a self-sealing tire. They expel foreign objects and heal instantly. One of the Sentinels has an accident that tears away its control device. The electrical shock renders it unconscious. Being an older generation, it has been slated to be recycled. This being the case, the device is detonated. It is far enough away to leave the Sentinel unharmed. The next morning it comes to and returns to the landing site. They will not be back. The forest service begins to investigate sightings, and when alien DNA taken from bullets recovered from the Sentinel’s first encounter with a human show up in a federal lab matching samples from years earlier, the government decides to throw a net over it.
Elizabeth Claywell is a blind, thirteen year old girl spending her summer vacation with her family in those same mountains. While riding with a guest their horses are spooked by a snake. The horse her friend is on takes off and Elizabeth is nearly killed when she is thrown from hers. This Sentinel has the ability to pass its healing ability to something else preventing her death, and then forced by its imprinted protection protocols, it carries her off.
With several factions looking for the Sentinel and the child, a confrontation is brewing on top of the mountain. A bond is forming between the creature and Elizabeth. The Sentinel doesn’t know the good guys from the bad guys. What it does know is nothing is going to harm its small, human charge. Nothing...