For the entirety of her life, Iris Gwenneth has known the words 'loss' and 'exclusion' all too well. With a dead mother and a broken engagement... Iris's father is the only one she has left. However, when their country is attacked by fearful adversaries and one man from every family is forced to join the army, Iris learns that she may just lose him as well. That is, unless someone takes her father's place... In a tale of adventure, friendship, and sacrifice, Iris will discover what it means to be courageous --to find the strength to do what is right, even if it means breaking the laws of her country. She will also find that loving someone can mean giving up everything for them --even giving up life itself. In this new coming of age, Iris will learn that if one masquerades as a soldier for too long... They might just become one.