When Aroha’s mentor dies, naming her as Tohunga—the healer for her tribe—she finds herself battling for the right to perform the job she was born to do. In 1960s New Zealand, being young, Maori, and female is tough enough. Performing a traditionally male role takes the irritation from insult straight into injury.
But when Aroha is promoted into a secretive government department, even she finds the situation way over her teenaged head. With human enemies already pounding on the gates, Aroha now must contend with supernatural creatures stepping out of line.