Fawn Bluefield, the clever young farmer girl, and Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, have been married all of two hours when they depart her family's farm for Dag's home at Hickory Lake Camp. Having gained a hesitant acceptance from Fawn's family for their unlikely marriage, the couple hopes to find a similar reception among Dag's Lakewalker kin. But their arrival is met with prejudice and suspicion, setting many in the camp against them, including Dag's own mother and brother. A faction of Hickory Lake Camp, denying the literal bond between Dag and Fawn, woven in blood in the Lakewalker magical way, even goes so far as to threaten permanent exile for Dag. Before their fate as a couple is decided, however, Dag is called away by an unexpected—and viciously magical—malice attack on a neighboring hinterland threatening Lakewalkers and farmers both. What his patrol discovers there will not only change Dag and his new bride, but will call into question the uneasy relationship between their peoples—and may even offer a glimmer of hope for a less divided future.
At the end of volume one Dag and Fawn leave Fawn’s family farm to travel to Lakewalkers lands. They are unsure of their welcome but they hope to, eventually, win them over as they did with the farmers.
A lot of questions are addressed in this book – the age difference between Dag and Fawn, their different backgrounds and all her faults in terms of the Lakewalker world, the most important of which is her lack of a ground sense. Dag tries to explain that she is special in many ways, that she has a powerful intuition that leads her to do the right thing – what he calls a fluke. However, there seems to be a war against them and, since his family wants his marriage dissolved, the camp council will be called upon to decide.
Bujold has made known to us both Fawn and Dag’s world. I think we are now ready to see what changes they are going to bring to both worlds.