Though only 15, Maquia knows she will live for centuries without aging pastadolescence. She belongs to the Iorph, a clan of ageless beings just like her. Maquia'selders warn her not to fall in love with anyone outside their realm, lest she wish toencounter true loneliness in the end.

But fate pushes Maquia out into the mortal worldone night, when an invading territory separates her from the clan. There she discoversan orphaned baby, Erial, and takes him in as her own child.

From this point, Maquia willsuffer extreme heartbreak in the name of motherhood, as she watches Erial grow andseeks to reconnect with her lost Iorph friends, all torn apart by the cruel world ofMesate.