As they take refuge in ancient caves and dense forests, cross cold rapids, and travel by the dark of night, Tasha—together with the wanderer Ari, the kitchen boy Gil, and the small child Raina—flee a repressive kingdom. Their journey holds many questions for Tasha. What are the papers they must steal from the Capital? Will they safely reach the Great North River crossing, and will Marko be waiting for them when they do? What secrets does Ari carry, and can Tasha and little Raina trust him?
Here is a story of high adventure, set in a world removed from, but not unlike, our own. Exploring the bonds of family and the tyranny of aristocracy, the novel chronicles a girl's constant struggle to act much braver than she feels. [from dust jacket]
Adventure and adventurers--Juvenile fiction/ Determination (Personality trait)--Juvenile fiction/ Courage--Juvenile fiction