Zalene Ayel left the safety of her home with one goal in mind – saving her ten-year-old brother Pariev from slave traders. That was before she fell through an icy lake and drowned. She should be dead, and yet she finds herself with the Qataeba (the most hunted race of people on the continent) as part of a chain of events set in motion by the greatest sage her world has ever known, who also happens to be the brother she meant to rescue. By allowing himself to be placed in peril at that time, Pariev has shaken his whole family into action against the slave trade, and led Zalene to the one place where she can make the most difference. Families who were divided can be reunited, but only if she's brave enough to be part of something special.