Book III of Earth’s Children. Leaving the Valley of the Horses that has been her home, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Clan of the Mammoth Hunters – people at first hostile and disturbingly different.  With her is Jondalar, the man she nursed back to health and who she has come to love.  But as she settles into a strange new life she is drawn to Ranec, the master-carver of the Mamuti.  She must make a choice between the two men.