Grief stricken after the death of her mother, thirteen year old Nadia finds herself lost in the inhospitable wild. The vast desert plains swallow her, and she prepares to follow her mother into the beyond. Her expectation is thwarted by the most unlikely of rescuers, and she discovers a world much stranger and more beautiful than the one she knew before. When tragedy strikes again she must find the strength to persevere, as more than just her own life now hangs in the balance. Her new charge will be both a burden and a joy as she pits herself against the great desert once again. This time, she is not alone.