Precocious Elana cannot wait til she's old enough to visit a Youngling planet and see how a society exists in its early stages. One day she decides to hide herself as a stowaway on her father's space ship and arrives in a world that is very different from her own. In this Youngling planet, Elana confronts a primitive world of dragons, magic, and romance. Normally missions to primitive planets are just for observation, but this time Elana and the others must protect this fledgling world from invaders. While protecting the planet, Elana falls deeply in love with a young man and emerges as the key to this dangerous mission.