Charlie could do nothing to save her. He watched and wept while his young wife bled out giving birth to a dead baby girl.
As young pioneers and First Wave settlers to the planet, they never saw the danger of true isolation. Now death had taken everything to live for. With his own hands, Charlie buried her, his wife and their unnamed daughter, there at the homestead they had been creating. He would never again appreciate the wilderness. He would never again step into their home.
Charlie never remarried. He grew old in one of the cities on Zumaridi, working as supervisor at the large transport warehouses, overseeing the delivery operations that serviced the towns and settlements across the globe.
Over the years, the road teams became his life. Some of them were like family to him.
That’s why he cares when things go horribly wrong for Aleisha.
The Khekarian Threat starts with Aleisha’s arrival, but Charlie’s history is why he worries about these young people who go off into wilderness situations. He knows how quickly things can go wrong, although this situation is nothing he ever expected.