Alys is a suspicious child as she is the only child found truly awake after all the adults in her village are found dead. As she grows older and discovers a power similar to the soul eaters that killed her village she works to keep it a secret in order to stay safe in the village that took her and the other children in. This is not a happy village, and Alys and the children from her village are not treated kindly. As Alys's power grows, she is forced to leave. Along the way, she must decide what this power means for her, and with the direction of The Beast will either save the world or help to end it.