Katerina Svetlana, the daughter of a woodcarver, has inherited her father’s skills and a little magic. She can make carvings that reveal people’s secrets. Alone in a harsh medieval poverty, Kat makes a trade with a stranger and must recover her losses. The main character, though a young girl, never uses sex, or feminine wiles to achieve her goals. She has skills usually restricted to men and loses her beauty during a plot event. Even without looks, Kat overcomes using problem solving, dedication, resilience and a strong belief system. Entertaining and supportive of women/girls who have more to offer than just the female body.