On the inaccessible sub-continent called The Far East, Ditarin has spawned an indigenous, intelligent species. Only three generations ago, the Ooda added fire to their toolkit, elevating their species above the other animals of the Forest. No longer are the Ooda prey to the Jahi. TT, the Son of their Voice, must prove his strength, swiftness and wisdom to lead the Ooda. Sent off alone, he discovers theirs is not the only Forest and the species living there has been Pondering much longer. Descendants of the survivors of a starship that crashed on Ditarin thirty-six thousand years ago are splitting into two separate species, those with Kee and those without. Faced with the reality of their evolution, myths of a forgotten past become truth. TTÕs unexpected arrival provides the tinder that could plunge the world to the brink of War. The Pondering, the first novel in the series A New Man, introduces this exotic, changing world and its wide cast of diverse characters and unlikely heroes.