This prequel novelette follows Shenna, a plant reader and potions apprentice, who needs to be highly skilled to search for the Last Elixir--an immortality recipe. She'll do anything to stop a terrible disease from killing her people.
First step: Pass a very basic healing salves practical.
But after failing, again and again, her teacher gives her one last chance to pass. Naturally, she needs a tutor, and when a very cute, very distracting, salves prodigy offers his help, she must decide how best to approach her priorities.