When Menolly, daughter of Yanus Sea Holder, arrived at the Harper Craft Hall, she came in style, aboard a huge bronze dragon, followed by her nine fire lizards.
The Masterharper of Pern, aware of her unique skills, had chosen her as his only girl apprentice.
But the holdless girl had first to overcome many heartaches in this strange new life.
Two things sustained her — her devoted lizards, a subject on which she was fitted to instruct her Masters — and the music... music of compelling beauty, music-making where at last she was accepted.
In the Great Hall, Menolly could fulfil her destiny.