Lady Rak'khiel, one of many Kra'aken children placed in stasis, in survival cocoons, also passes through the hidden portal. Her damaged craft crashes on Olica, a primitive world ruled by Kra'aken's deadliest enemies. Found by a childless woman who hides the toddler from those who would kill her, the girl grows to puberty unaware of her true heritage or of the danger that surrounds her.
The two survivors meet as Rak'khiel is simultaneously changing into a Kra'aken adult and fleeing for her life. Although she desperately needs the prince's help, their alliance is fragile - complicated by the social differences which may turn them against each other and laden with perils that the two young people may not survive.