We are introduced to Karli Rowantree, a young master Healer plying her trade in a rural mountain village. Soon she is compelled to assist the helpless victim of a strange sickness, even if it means sacrificing the safety of her village or binding herself to oaths which defy her full understanding.
Part One: A young woman ponders her future while being reintroduced to her past.
Part Two: Karli recalls the receipt of a cherished gift.
Part Three: Acquaintances are re-established and a joyous occasion ends in collapse.
Part Four: A royal Herald bears a mystery into the home of the Healers.
Part Five: Karli makes a dangerous decision to pay an old woman a visit.
Part Six: The Blue Wyvern hosts an important meeting at which the fate of the Herald will be decided.
Part Seven: Tempers rise, a Priest is called, and Karli declares herself before all.
Part Eight: A journey begins, a tale of swords and vengeance is told, and Karli settles in for a cold night.
Part Nine: The Crone of the Mountain greets her guests, talks in circles, and makes a prophesy.
Part Ten: The malady is revealed, a circle is set, and Karli prepares for another journey.
Part Eleven (End): Karli attends and declines a revelry, defies a queen, and binds an oath.