Sixteen-year old Alexander is wanted by two opposing nymphs: Cynthia, mover of clouds, is using him set herself free from immorality, while her sister Phoebe, an earth nymph, strives to save the earth from impending environmental collapse. Alexander becomes entangled in Cynthia’s snare and ignores the fact that his own family is falling apart: his baby sister has died, his parents’ marriage is ending and his twin sister, Ariana, is hiding her pregnancy from the world. The imbalance of the earth is replicated in Alexander’s family life, and yet it will require him to act in a way that will prove his strength and courage. Meanwhile, Ariana will have decide if she is strong enough align with Phoebe to make the greatest sacrifice of all: her newborn children.
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We awake from our broken eggs, and Cynthia wastes no time. She unfurls her large, luminous wings and shoots out of the cave, flying deep into the forest. She has been waiting for this—this freedom, this new opportunity, the possibility of an exit. I open my wings and chase after her, trying to catch up, but she has always been faster than me, the broad expanse of sky her special realm. I fly, as quickly as I can, over the trees, trying to trace her path, trying to eye her wings. The mortal ones do not realize how hard we nymphs must work to hide from them; our bodies are the same size, for we are descendants of the same first egg. It should be easy to find her. Her wings span the full length of her body, as do mine.