Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
Maia finds her own dragon by freeing a wilding qit from the Harodhi poachers. She names her Keirr after the noise her father, Malik, makes when he protected the two.