i've been working on this ALL DAY (no lie... from 9am until 9pm). This is my 4th iteration. I know it needs more work, but I'm not sure where to go from here. Trying to cram a whole plot into 1-2 pages is frustrating: 578 words The desert planet of Diadasos is in the midst of a lasting drought. The four nomadic clans, inhabiting the middle and southern deserts, the rocky plains to the west, and the salt flats to the east, are in a state of flux as the death tolls rise and families make hard decisions in order to save their children from the sickness that comes with thirst. The clans will do everything in their power to appease the guardian spirits and the malevolent goddess that watches over all in hope of ending their suffering. Olun, of the Rohta desert clan, has made up her mind that, for better or for worse, she will never leave the desert and the life she’s always known. To her, life is simple: hold on tightly to family and traditions. To live, love, and die in the desert as her ancestors did before her. A revelation of her clan’s elder, however, shatters the life Olun expected for herself. Hidden away in the northern mountain range, a territory said to be the home of the goddess that's caused all of their suffering, is the sedentary fifth clan, the Venatiz. Reluctantly, Olun travels north to the village to marry Didan, who bears the physical and mental scars of a turbulent past, but as she watches her family disappear, Olun can no longer remain silent. She makes her aversion to Didan and the situation known, separating herself from the village and its people, however, she cannot deny her connection to the mountain spirits- and Didan- of which began in a childhood wiped from her memory. While it is under the guidance of the spirits that lead Olun to the village, the contentious Sinya is guided by the fear of being displaced. Having lost so much already, Sinya is resentful of Olun for taking the few people that she still holds dear. In order to protect herself and the village from the threats that Olun poses, Sinya plays on their superstitions, stopping at nothing in her efforts to convince them of Olun’s depravity. Not even murder. While Olun struggles with her conflicting feelings for Didan and her need to run back to the desert, she is thrown into the mystery of the voices that speak to her with familiarity, and the visions that pull her deeper and deeper into darkness. What’s, Didan can hear them too and is quickly losing his battle against the darkness in his own mind. Saving Didan means opening herself to the wills of the spirits and letting go of control. Olun abandons her quest to return home in order to discover what it is the spirits want of her and to find a purpose to her life. Through misunderstandings, curses, and tragedies that bring her closer to Didan and the spirit that's been ever present in her journey, Olun delves deeper into the meaning of her destiny and the path she chooses for herself. But when a confrontation with Sinya becomes violent, Olun is thrust into a realm beneath the mountain where time and space are suspended. It is there that she meets the spirit of the mountain range, and the man from her dreams. With his guidance and her newly returned memories, Olun urgently navigates the dark realm in order to save not only her life but two others. As she emerges into the light, she realizes the answer to a question she never realized she sought: There is no life without suffering.