Rowanlee grew up in Aaraniria, in a cottage in the middle of a vast forest with her grandmother, her grandmother was the local Sharman that the trappers would visit for her herbal remedies and healing powers. Twice a year a festival was held at the large waterfall, where travellers would meet to share stories and wed.
Other than the occasional trapper and the two festivals Rowanlee had only her grandmother, so interaction with outsiders was rare and if possible shy Rowanlee would hide from visitors. The aversion to strangers was one of the problems she had when she suddenly found herself in another realm (Tonaye a twin realm).
From the time she reached the age of 12 winters she had dreams of a white city and an arena, but each time the dream changed slightly, sometimes she would reach a huge palace and other times the smelly streets of the city, but somehow that dream one day could be a reality.
Having entered a cave to hide from a snowstorm, Rowanlee slipped on the wet ground and woke in Tonaye. Now she must discover who she is, the powers she had to hide all her childhood would now be used before many people as time goes by. She has a time constraint; Rowanlee must reach Thornytonaye, the name of the white city of her dreams by her 18th birthday, by the time the moon reaches its summit.
Wolves greet her and take her deep into a forest, a winged horse then meets her to take her out of the forest and to the river she will follow to get to the city, along the way she makes new friends and foes, and a troupe of soldiers that escort her almost to the city itself, she must enter alone of her learning will not be complete, the captain of the soldiers tries to foil her attempts to leave them and hiders her from reaching her goals, but his motives are far from sinister.