In a time when genengineered humans inhabit alien worlds, the bors, humans with bear genes, and the mantee, a human/otter mix, reach the brink of war when a man and a woman break the strongest taboo of their clans--and only the Arbiter has the answer.
"Sweeping, completely original... Modern science fiction at its best." - Allan Cole
Used availability for L Warren Douglas's Stepwater
October 1995 : USA Mass Market Paperback
March 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition