Thymara is long past marriageable age. Having been born with too many abnormalities she should have been exposed as an infant‚ but her father chose to keep and raise her‚ against his wife's wishes.
When Thymara's mother hears that the council is seeking tenders she grasps the chance to be rid of her wild‚ ugly daughter. Thymara herself is enthusiastic at the prospect of adventure and grabs the opportunity to travel with the dragons.
But the youngsters that will herd the dragons are as ignorant as the beasts themselves - both completely unaware that they are being sent into an exile rather than to a sanctuary.