lyda brightner is a female protagonist anyone can identify with as she grows up with millions of other human captives of an unknown alien species. conditions are so harsh and change so often that death is a constant companion, winnowing the survivors inexorably down to only a few thousand out of fifteen million before they are returned to earth. and then comes the hard part: trying to divine the motives of the aliens who have never been seen. only their mechanical avatars have been intermittently present during five long years of terrible struggles to live, with each change bringing ever-harsher conditions. what do the aliens want? why did they push millions of captive humans into environments where survival or death were the only options? what do they intend to do next now that the survivors are back? read about lyda brightner and how she manages to stay alive by her quick wits, her innate bravery, her compassion for those weaker than herself and a determination never to give in to the tortures of captivity that leave so many older and physically stronger than herself by the wayside. rogue program is a coming-of-age novel like no other, and lyda is a character you'll remember for a long, long time. follow her life from a privileged 'tween into an unimagined hell where she must constantly fight for her life, and on to an enclave on the moon left by the aliens, where the biggest puzzle of the galaxy waits to be solved by the few survivors of alien captivity. failure to find the answer of this last test may mean oblivion not only for lyda, her lover, and her fellow survivors, but for the whole human race!