This novella tells Mara’s backstory and how she joined the rebellion. When her village is attacked by Inviernos, Mara must escape and help any survivors she can. Turns out all the survivors are children and they must cross the Shattered Mountain to find the rebellion in the desert. It is a treacherous journey and the group has very little in the way of supplies. This story highlighted Mara’s strength and explained how she came to be the way she is in the Fire and Thorns series.