Sasha : Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior Kessligh, Sasha's exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But she is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two beliefs: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai value swordplay and honor and come to see Sasha as the great spirit - the Synnich - who will unite them. but Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully. When the Udalyn people - the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage - are attacked by Verenthane forces, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the savior the Goeren-yai want her to be?