Volume V of Earth’s Children.  Ayla and Jondalar have finally reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii. His family greet her warmly but are initially wary of the strange young woman with an odd accent, a tame wolf and tame horses.  After all the dangers of her extraordinary life, Ayla longs for peace and tranquility, to be Jondalar’s mate and have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored and even as she gives birth to their first child, she accepts that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii. Cover art by Larry Rostant.