Minnie Sayber at 18 years old has it all together—until it all falls apart. Life is good and she has found purpose in using her Gift to heal those in need. She is well liked, part of the kings inner circle, and she has begun to develop a budding romance with the most powerful young man in the city, Prince Bain.Things are good, but when an ambassadorial delegation arrives from Taninim with a marriage proposal between Prince Bain and a beautiful princess of Taninim, a union that would bring peace between the two feuding city states, everything begins to go wrong for Minnie.Minnie finds herself plunged into a world of intrigue, assassination, and violent political maneuvering that threatens not only her own life, but the lives of her friends and her king. An assassination attempt against the king’s life can only be stopped if Minnie is willing to risk the lives of her closest friends. To save them all, she along with Roy, the young man with whom she’d gone on the Phoenix Quest the previous year, must risk a confrontation and even collaboration with the island’s most vile and dangerous creatures—Dragon Spawn.But to embark on this dangerous mission may very well undermine everything shes ever held dear or believed in. She may have to sacrifice the king to save her friends or allow her friends to die to save the king—or to save everyone, she could risk something even deadlier and potentially even more catastrophic.The island cares not for these things, and its seasons turn on its own schedule, and Minnie and her companions find that Taninim and their plots are only part of the danger they must face. Caught out in the wilds during the upheaval of the Rebirth, Minnie will be forced to complete her mission in a world that radically and even violently changes around her. The Year of the Dragon has come and the Dragons power is at its peak. The Dragon is aware of Minnies mission, and the Dragon’s shadow has fallen over every step she takes.