Year 2546—Travel across the dangerous central territory of New America is not undertaken by any but the most daring. Kayta disregards the risk, determined to start fresh in the new capital of Seattle. When the airship crashes and she is captured by fearsome Wrocks, she is thrown into a life of perplexing customs, jealousies, and deadly enemies,. With winter approaching, Kayta must make choices that will change her life forever, struggling to find a connection to a historic people who themselves are colliding with a steadily encroaching, vicious new world. A handsome and arrogant Wrock, Tarken Red Horse, propels Kayta into the grandeur and unforgiving harshness of the wilderness, into a lifestyle moored by the particulars of a hunter-gatherer existence, where they find sacrifice, humor, monumental grief, and the victories of hard-won love.