The third book of the Earth's Children series opens on Ayla and Jondalar joining a tribe of cro-magnons called the mamouth hunters. They are welcomed and Ayla catches the eye of a mamouth hunter named Ranec. Because of her clan (neanderthal) upringing, Ayla believes that she has no choice and when a man shows interest in her she must submit to his will. Ranec is a good man and Ayla cares for him, but she is in love with Jondalar. Meanwhile, a brokenhearted Jondalar believes that Ayla has lost interest and rejected him. After a long winter of misunderstandings, Jondalar decides to leave the mamouth hunters, and Ayla must decide whether she wants to stay with the mamouth hunters and marry Ranec, or leave with Jondalar.
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In this third book of Earth's Children Series, Ayla has found Jondular and they decide to travel away from the valley where they were. They make the journey to the Lion Camp where Ayla gets to meet more of the Others like herself. They are fascinated with her, and her many skills and talents with animals, hunting, and starting a fire quickly. Yet at the same time, there are a couple people who don't like her. It is hard for Ayla to understand all of their ways and takes her awhile to learn some of the Others customs, etc.
The dark-skinned Ranec is very very taken with Ayla, and becomes a threat to her and Jondular's new relationship. Jondular becomes very upset and jealous over the affair here, and it takes him time to work through this problem, (300 pages or so).
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