Nassi Nasam expects little from her life as an Aloran woman, but when opportunity presents itself, she flees her native city in the hopes of finding freedom and a better life. She comes to Murcia to work, only to discover she remains as vulnerable to as she ever was before. After a violent encounter at her workplace, Nassi must confront the demons of her past to try to build a safer future.
In this collection of stories, animals guide and inspire humans struggling to balance their obligations to tradition with their desires for freedom. The Painted Dog and Other Stories transports the reader into two richly detailed fantasy worlds where cultures clash as lives are transformed.