In the Pleistocene era, an "early child" was born to a mother, named Bough. Absent a male protector, Bough offers her child to the Elements. The fleeing mother also raises an abandoned girl, and they make a partnership with wolves. Kinder and Huntress are the future, but dangers abound from lions to half humans. Read this story if you would like to see how mothers, fierce in love and courage, birthed "New Ones," and how the world changed.