Tortall and Other Lands
Ri's grandfather wants her to study healing with him but she loves being a shepherd with the freedom of the hills and her beloved animal friends. But one day she finds a very strange winged lizard badly injured. Her grandfather considers lizard vermin and refuses to help, leaving Ri to do what she can on her own. As a friendship develops Ri realizes the lizard is no ordinary animal but seems to have a wisdom beyond its years. When a tornado threatens Ri and the entire valley, Mimic takes on his true form, that of a great crimson dragon, to battle the tornado and save Ri.