Alia longs to be a keenten- part of the sisterhood of warrior women. She and her best friend Kay take part in the mock skirmishes in their village- hoping to be noticed by one of the keentens. When Alia and Kay find 2 Beechian children (enemies of their village) hiding in the woods the capture them to impress the warrior women. Alia and Kay are promised that they will become keentens. However Kay and the keentens treat the prisoners (like dirt. One day Alia listens to the Beechian's and discovers a dreadful plot and that nothing is what it seems. She gains help from unexpected sources and discovers the power within herself... the power of the speakers.