The main character, Kay Wyatt, is fully aware that rock climbing too near the border is against the law. But she doesn't really care. She's looking for adventure, even if that means she's putting herself in danger. Then a dragon, Artegal, saves her life and a friendship begins. Kay and Artegal continue to secretly meet and their friendship grows stronger as they discover the sterotypes they believed about each other don't necessarily apply. The prejudices that both of the main characters walk into their friendship with are slowly worn away by reality, but their family, friends, and the leaders of their world are still operating under their misconceptions. While Kay and Artegal grow closer, their people, the humans and dragons, grow farther away from each other and war seems inevitable.
I enjoyed that Kay wasn't a typical girly-girl, she's a strong independent character who doesn't always make the best decisions. The author did an excellent job of integrating the politics of her fictional world into the day to day reality of her characters.
I give this book 4 stars and highly recommend it.