A deaf-mute child grows up to be a talisman for telepath rights
Eclipse was born deaf and mute in the Blue City on planet Duoterra in the Twinsol System. Doctors have never been able to find a physical reason as to why she can't hear or speak. But she's a smart kid and never lets her oral and auditory deficiencies get in the way of communicating with the outside world. At the age of six orbits, an incident at a doctor's appointment results in her having to leave the Blue City for her own safety.
Telepaths are forbidden in the city and, if she stays, she risks being arrested, experimented upon, or even killed. She joins a community of similarly exiled telepaths who live in the surrounding desert until, at the age of twenty orbits, something happens that means her life will never be the same again - her telepathic abilities become augmented and she finds herself drawn into the fight for telepath rights.
(Book Three of the Eclipse Collection)