- This article is about the novel. For the children by natural childbirth in Clan society, see Freeborn.
|Cover Artwork||Bruce Jensen|
|First published||01 February 1998|
|Era||Clan Invasion era|
|Timeline||3058 – 3059|
|Series||Twilight of the Clans|
|Preceded by||The Hunters|
|Followed by||Sword and Fire|
The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 26 March 2010 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures, or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.
From the back cover
|“||"Dispatch Horse to the planet Huntress!" The orders to investigate the secret experiment being done by the Falcons on the Smoke Jaguar homeworld came down from the Jade Falcon Khan herself. But does the covert mission require the natural bravery of a freeborn warrior—or do Horse's genetically engineered comrades consider him expendable?
The perilous trek is dead-ended by a crash landing—right into a Smoke Jaguar trap. His 'Mech confiscated, his DropShip down, his Trinary imprisoned, Horse is duty bound to the enemy Jaguars—and closer to the core of the strange secrets of the Falcon stronghold than he ever imagined. For the Clan, the consequences could be explosive. For Horse, they could be fatal...
- Star Captain Horse
- Star Commander Joanna
- Galaxy Commander Russou Howell
- Sentania Buhallin
- Khan Marthe Pryde
A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1999 as Freigeburt (ISBN 9783453140042). This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2021 as BattleTech Legenden 41 : Freigeburt (ISBN 9783963318078).