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Adella, a slave, can hear the thoughts of animals.
Her life is only worth living when she gets to spend time with her dearest friend, a dragon—very large and frightening to most people but not to Adella.
When Dragon does the unthinkable to protect her, the two must flee for their lives. Adella struggles with the guilt she harbors and her frightened feelings about God and punishment.
Disguising herself as a boy, she seeks work—and the pair get caught up in a battle. They survive and become heroes. Then, horrible news: the nation’s beloved king, to whom Adella feels strangely drawn, has been infected by the Green Death. If he dies, anarchy will spread through the kingdom and create war.
Adella and Dragon set off on a quest to find the plague’s forgotten cure. Danger and adventure await—along with trolls, shape shifters and secrets beyond her wildest dreams. But time is growing short. If they don’t find the cure, the king will die…