Chosen as the vessel of a goddess and hunted for it, an orphaned girl loses everything in one night.
Abandoned by her family, Zira Viteva is raised by the priestesses of the Elisdran Temple. When she comes of age, the mages of the Athaerean cult test her, and discover that she is the avatar of a mysterious, aloof goddess.
For years, she seeks to unite with the goddess and fails. When the envoys from the main sect come one fateful day, Zira is set on the desolate path of her destiny.