The planet Zarathustra is listed as uninhabited -- which means that the entire planet can be owned by a corporation. That owner is the Zarathustra Company, rich and happy -- until a prospector named Jack Holloway comes across undocumented species, a tiny, golden-furred little biped who he dubs "Little Fuzzy." Not only are the Little Fuzzies cute, they're bright too -- in fact they may be sapient as people are. . . and that means everything the Zarathustra company owns on this world is at stake. . . .