Emma is the next alpha of the bear clan, but all she wants is the freedom Mason offers.
Her mother, the current alpha, has groomed her for this day since she’d been born with the alpha bear spirit. But Emma is about done. Her mother kicked out her brother, Joe, for loving and mating a padfoot, and she’s demanding that Emma fulfill the arranged bear mating and produce some cubs to “secure her place.” Because female alphas are only allowed to remain in power if they produce young? Not in this century. But her mother has the support of half the clan. A divided bear clan is a powerless bear clan, and with the Hatfield Bear Clan edging in for a stronger foothold, now isn’t the time to appear weak.
Mason Covey is a porcupine shifter from Boston who has had to live in hiding his entire life, suppressing his spirit animal in order to survive. He’s moving his parents to the retirement community in Troutdale after landing a teaching position at the school. He’s blown away by everything he sees and experiences in this shifter community. He’s free to be himself and it’s intoxicating.
Emma is drawn to this free-spirited porcupine and takes him under her claws, teaching him the ropes on surviving “in the open” with the Shadow Sisterhood watching their every move. His charm infects her soul.
With the Hatfields making a move on the Elliot resources, she has to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice. What does she want for her life? And why is she finding the answers to those questions in the soft-hearted eyes of a porcupine?
The Hatfields might actually win this war.