When news of dragon trouble comes from the north, villagers in Marmawell scoff. Dragons haven't flown in the land of Ve for many generations. But Marwen, the Oldwife's apprentice, doesn't scoff. She knows the reports are true; she senses the dragon's magic. But who in Marmawell will listen to her? She has no parents, and she knows too much of the old magic. But worse by far, she has no tapestry, no cloth woven by the Oldwife at her birth and inlaid with symbols of her destiny. To the villagers, she is the "soulless one."
But the villagers are wrong. Marwen's destiny has been woven, and it will lead her far from her village into the very heart of danger. There is hate to leave behind and love to pursue, both good and bad. A prince. A dragon. Her destiny will lead her to lost lands, to a powerful magic she can scarcely control, to a mystery no one should have to face alone.
· American Association of Mormon Letters Award 1993 (United States)
· Writer's Guild of Alberta Award for the Novel
· Alberta Book of the Year
· Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award
· Canadian Library Association Notable Book 1993.