Isabel Monray is a parlante - someone with the ability to mentally communicate with other parlantes that she trusts. But the trust has to be mutual for the bond to succeed.
She has spent the last year preparing to inherit the position her brother abandoned - as well as the responsibilities that come with it. But her world changes again when newcomers arrive in her home region, sent to receive shelter after their homes are destroyed by a storm.
Against her will, Isabel finds herself enchanted by the newcomers. But as they leave their mark on the region, she is torn between the person she truly is and the person she thinks she needs to become.