This is a war of nerves story: a single human protagonist against a vastly superior alien colonization scout. Of course, the human will win, eventually, with help from ...
Among the more riveting stories of Godwin. Not quite "The Cold Equations" (download text/radio adaptation), but pretty good.
Fact sheet.First published: Universe Science Fiction, November 1954.
Download full text from Baen CD.
Related: Stories of Tom Godwin.