In this book, Gabriel is a young dragon who wants to prove himself to the Elders. Long ago, a Wearle, or community of dragons, traveled to Erth on an expedition from their home planet and mysteriously disappeared. Gabriel is in the second Wearle, which is investigating the disappearance of the first Wearle. Then, Gabriel supposedly causes a rockslide which kills a female dragon, while he is fighting to be her mate with another dragon and ends up on sweep, or guard duty to keep away the hom, or humans, that live in the area. Almost all of the Hom live in fear of the dragons. But, one young boy named Ren isn't afraid of the beasts, and wants peace between the two species. He finds and nurtures the baby of the mother dragon killed in the rockslide
Gabriel eventually finds Ren and the baby dragon, and also figures out that a substance that they mine and eat to make their fire stronger is actually causing them to mutate into the monsters that killed off the first wearle, and redeems himself with the other dragons.
I loved this book so much! It introduces a fantasy world filled with these almost magical beasts. The plot was intricate and exciting, involving conflicts and political intrigue between the dragons as well as the humans. The human main character, Ren, is brave, trustworthy, strong, clever and caring, and Gabriel, the dragon main character, is brave, strong, smart, and thoughtful. Overall, I really loved this story — it had so much action and suspense, and I literally couldn’t put it down. And I really loved the surprising and dramatic ending!