Far away from the Kingdom where Princess Rayne must indure her trivial worries lies a fascinating village of Purrlin people. Tonight is the very important annual festival of The Women's Initiation. Valtina has a big suprise in store, and her friends Zariel and Alec begin to realize that now they must grow up.
Readers begin to learn about Princess Rayne Waralio, heir to the kingdom and also soon to be engaged... Also heir to many secrets that she herself does not know she carries.
The peaceful Purrlin (cat-people) village of Amandahy is thrust into despair as a group of human men attack. Valtina must muster her courage, and that of her young apprecitice Triyla, to try to save the lives of the innocent, while Alec and Zariel must try to destroy the lives of those who have attacked.
Princess Rayne must continue to learn the history of her people. Young Lord Bian Fallon is chosen as her new tutor and leads her through history of her ancestor King Waralio I and his enslavement of the Cat-people, Purrlins.
The Queen and the governors of Venya's Kingdom are deliberating what to do with the Purrlin (Cat - Human) slave population. There is fear that the Purrlin may attempt to overthrow the government, but all Rayne is concerned about are the rumors that she will be forced to marry young Lord Fallon.