Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott starts off in the village of Vranille. There, perfection is a requirement and Abisina is an outcast. When Charach comes to Vranille, Abisina must flee from her village to keep her life. She embarks on a dangerous journey over the mountains to find Watersmeet and, possibly, her father. To survive the journey, she must overcome years of fear and prejudice and learn to accept help from others.