In a remote area, a colony of psionically-enhanced humans lives a utopian existence, in harmony with most of their surroundings. The matriarchal society seeks to further improve their psionic ability, so each girl child is tested during a coming-of-age ceremony. But, Cheobawn, daughter of the First Ruling Mother of Windfall Dome, is marked with a black bead on her Choosing Day. The black bead is a sign of bad luck and shame.
But, a group of adventurous boys desire to explore beyond the dome, so they defy custom and select Cheobawn to be the psychic Ear for their group.
Black Bead by J.D. Lakey follows the adventures of this intrepid group as they discover what lies beyond Windfall Dome, and Cheobawn learns that luck is what you make of it.
I give it four stars.