“Divergent mothers birth their ruby-haired, emerald-eyed daughters nameless and leave them as soon as they are able to walk.”
Battle of Nesma
Alden, a nobleman of the Silver Sun Empire, enters a sacred forest to hunt a child-killer and inadvertently traps and wounds a member of a savage race of god-borne females that stalk the forest—a Divergent.
Imperial law forbids the removal of such dangerous and holy creatures from the forest, but Alden takes her to save her life. He names her Chilali.
Despite his noble intentions, Alden faces execution for his crime unless Chilali can prove her civility and worth to the Empire by laying siege to an enemy outpost.
Feared by some to be a monster. Revered by others as a messiah. Chilali will have her allegiance to Alden tested as she searches for the mother who abandoned her and fights to win a battle from which she is not supposed to return alive.