Earth's Children #2 - The Valley of the Horses
Earth's Children #3 - The Mammoth Hunters
Earth's Children #4 - The Plains of Passage
The fifth book in the Earth's Children series begins with Ayla and Jondalar returning home to Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii. After a long journey, Ayla is pregnant and the couple are ready to settle down and start a family. Although she is welcomed by many of Jondalar's family, there are still some that oppose the strange women who is friends with a wolf and her horses. As the couple travel to the Summer Meeting, Ayla encounters meets more people and is troubled by their negative feelings towards flatheads, the clan that she was raised by.
As Ayla begins to spend time with the Zelandonii, she is encouraged to become an Zelandoni, the spiritual leaders that serve the mother. Many situations arise where Ayla is forced to demonstrate her healing abilities and quick thinking. Ayla struggles with the decision through out the novel and claims that she wants to focus on her mating to Jondalar and the birth of her daughter.