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The humans want to kill all felines, be they ordinary or magical. The cats want to escape somewhere far from humans. Nadine’s solitary wish is to bring peace to the two races in this post- plague world.
A graduate from the loner program at the King’s Academy of Mages, Nadine discovers her job as a welfare case worker is in name only. Despondent, she trots home through the shadowed streets after work and narrowly escapes from orphaned teenagers determined to use her for target practice. Terrified and still trying to find the reason behind everything she finds herself drawn to the local Temple. She wonders if cats would be happier living on their own, but a brief conversation with a Temple Cat changes her mind. Maybe there’s a way humans and felines can live together in peace once again. But how?
When a co-worker suggests forgetting her concerns at a local pub, Nadine makes a surprising discovery: the answer to her worries in a story about a special cat, a true Malkin called the Baruhk Sh’Toole. Excited, Nadine asks the story-teller where she can find this legendary feline and is told she disappeared years before, taking her secrets with her. The she-cat persuades the story-teller to give her a map to the Malkin’s last known location and sets out to find the legendary cat.
Nadine leaves her comfortable life for an adventure to the Outer Reaches, a place where the trappers will skin a cat alive and then consider killing it. There she must silently befriend a priest and hope he knows where she can find the cat who can heal the world, but doesn’t want to be found.
Can a naive young social worker uncover the secrets of the Baruhk Sh’Toole and heal the widening rift between humans and cats or is Nadine doomed to be one more victim in the war?