Perrin has spent all of her young life preparing to be the next laird of the large landholding Nytt Heimili and leader of her clan. With the scrawl of his signature and the stamping of the royal seal into melting wax, Prince Mallus, the newest ruling prince of Bortfjell has declared that no one who is not of pure Borfjellian blood can hold any positions of power. Because Perrin’s mother is from beyond the borders of Bortfjell and therefore considered to be of foreign blood, Perrin finds herself no longer in line to be the heir to either the landholding or the clan. In addition, there are those of Perrin’s father’s court who decide that the prince’s edict is not enough to solidify a shift of power in Nytt Heimili and are determined to eliminate Perrin, causing her to flee her home.
With the help of two loyal companions, a wild hill cat named Kipp, several rover families, and a great deal of luck, Perrin’s journey away from all she has known takes her on an adventure filled with narrow escapes, a blowing snow filled mountain pass, scrutiny by the Sommerhjem border guard, and a number of surprises. Perrin’s journey leads her to a place never in her wildest imagination had she expected to find herself.