A young fisherwoman finds the tiny cousins to the large dragons that fight the Thread that falls on Pern. This is the start of her story in which she begins the path that will make her Pern's first female Harper. This is a really good book, like most of the Pern books. This is the book that tells the story of Menolly, a character that features prominently in the series.
I read Mccaffrey's Pern series in junior high - and reread again every thousand or so books. I LOVE this series.
In the Harper Hall Triology we turn our focus to the keepers of knowledge on pern- the harpers. We delve into the life of a young girl who feels like an outsider, and who is punished for having dreams of a different life... when she runs away she discovers just how strong she is, and she solves a centuries old mystery - as well as becomes the first female harper.
A wonderful story. A shy young lady, one who feels out of touch, or anyone who feels like they don't belong will come out of this book having hope - and if you keep on with the Harper Hall trilogy you will come to love the charaters. If you haven't read the rest of the Pern series - what are you waiting for?!?
Excellent Fantasy book and series for YA & Adults alike! I have read and reread this trilogy nearly every year for about 25 years! I've read it to my children and I plan to read it to my grandchildren.
Menolly is a true heroine for those that feel like they are out of skew with the world (i.e. Indigos, Idealists, etc.) which spends far to much energy focused on fighting over every last toy! Far better to learn to co-exist and allow the songs to well up inside you, creating a better world!
Read it...it's short and sweet and well-written!