Leading a nation is always a family feud.
Zendis, the fierce southerners, have taken over GÕil Rim and set their sights on the lush Heartland farmlands. Although Ironstone Soseki, daughter of the Zendi king and the Sage-of-Sages, is thirteen, she still hasnÕt had a vision. SheÕs Silent.
Her motherÕs prophecy is that Ironstone will be like a lodestone pointing toward the Zendi nationÕs destiny. But Silent at thirteen means Ironstone will never be a Sage. SheÕs sent back to the Zendi capital.
Ironstone wonÕt stand for that. Instead, she turns her face to the GÕil Bab Mountains and searches for the Pendar Oracle. She finds destiny for herself, the puppet king, and the Heartland.