"Lyza! What did I tell you about the forest?" My father scolds me sharply. I flinch at the anger in his voice and quickly retract my hand, inches from the trunk of the tree. "Sorry father, I couldn't help it. The trees are just so beautiful," I whine turning towards him. His face softens slightly and he scoops me up into his muscled arms. I wrap my small arms around his neck and bury my face into his shoulder. He hugs me tightly and carries me away from the forest. "Why can't we go into the forest?" I ask, looking over his shoulder to see the red and gold leaves slowly disappear from view as we climb the hill. "The forest is a dangerous place," he sighs. "How can something so beautiful be so dangerous?" I mutter in confusion. "The danger is in its beauty." **************** Lyzaria is a dragon shifter, one of the last of her kind. Dragons have nearly gone extinct, as the Werewolf King Carthane ordered for them to be destroyed. Lyza and her father escaped the Hunters sent to kill the dragons, but only for a few years. Lyza has been on the run ever since. One day she is running from a party of Hunters, and is forced to escape into the forest. She never knew why her father told her to stay away from the mysterious beauty, but when she finally finds out, she finds out the hard way.