Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, animal-lover Merofled volunteers to help a warrior find the gargoyle that threatens her village and rescue the boy it has captured. She's going to die anyway-why not do something positive with her life? Off she rides with a local farmer and the handsome, war-weary soldier.
Merofled secretly hopes that if she and her comrades succeed in saving the boy, she might be granted a pardon. But on the quest to find the gargoyle, Merofled discovers the men plan to kill the creature she has vowed to defend--and that not every monster is of the four-footed variety.