The story is about Aerin, the only child of a king and a reputed witch. An outcast from the moment of her birth, Aerin struggles to find her place in her father's court and chances upon her destiny in an unlikely occupation -- dragonslaying.
While not the most engaging read, this book fits the bill when you're in a fairytale kind of mood. It is slow at points but the quality of McKinley's writing is worth appreciating. And even though it's aimed towards a younger audience, both the story and the characters are sophisticated and complex.