This is a prequel to Gone Away, Gone Ahead. During the Eighth Pass of the Red Star, two Weyrbred boys Impress dragons. The story follows D'gar and S'brin through trials and tribulations as they learn how to be dragonriders in a perilous time. Friends are made and lost and their love gives them confidence that they will survive to see clear skies again. But Thread doesn't care for human hearts. Thread just kills.