The next book, Gathering Blue is set is a village where there is much violence, and unrest. Kira, now a young orphan with a twisted leg, is a afraid for her life. She is brought to the Council Of Guardians of their village, where they give her a job. She is to repair the ancient singer's robe, which tells the history of the world. Her mother was a weaver, and so Kira was to be too. Her only friends in her new world are Thomas, who has an amazing talent for woodcraft and Jamison who is one of the Guardians. Kira's friend Matt, a young dirty, but reliable boy always wants to help them. Thomas, Kira, and Matt find a very young girl, Jo who can sing amazingly locked in another room. The kids realize that they all have special gifts, Kira with weaving, Thomas with woodworking, and Jo with singing. They also realize that their gifts are trying to be harnessed by the council, they must listen to every command they are told. They cannot use their gift as it was meant, but the help complete the village "song" celebration. Then Matt disappears into the forest, where Kira's father was supposedly killed by beasts. When the annual Song comes along Kira notices a metal noise, then she sees the singer has cuffs and metal chains around his feet. Jo is to be the next singer. Kira realizes that she is a prisoner, and that is her future, all of their futures. Just then, she sees Matt. Matt brings her a visitor, a blind man. His name is Christopher, he's Kira's father. He was attacked and left for dead by Jamison on the hunt, not killed by beasts. He lives in a village of many other broken people, and Matt brings her a gift, blue. Blue was the only color Kira never had. Christopher and Matt leave to this other village and Kira promises to follow after she changes the village.