This is the story of Jakkin, a young boy who is a servant at a dragon farm. The whole story takes place on a faraway planet, Austair IV whose economy is based around dragons who fight in pits. It is a former penal colony and people are divided up into masters and bonders.
The bonders are the equivalent of indentured servants and they must “fill their bag” before they can be free. The bag is worn around their neck at all times and their coins are put into the bag until they have enough to be free. The masters are primarily dragon owners, breeders, and fighters.
Jakkin works as a stallboy in the stable where the male dragons are kept for breeding. He helps to bathe the dragons and clean out their stalls. He dreams of freedom, though, and plans to achieve it by stealing a dragon hatchling and raising it to be a fighter.
This report prepared by Bridgette Redman