Seraphina’s father, a high ranking official, was extremely overprotective and wished to keep her hidden away as much as possible. She assumed it was because her mother had died in childbirth and somewhat forgave his overbearing nature, but that didn’t mean she was pleased with his strict rules — especially the rule forbidding her from playing music. When she found her mother’s old flute, she taught herself how to play and then played in front of some party guests to force his hand with music lessons. Serafina did not understand why this caused him to become so enraged and to fear for her safety, but she was pleased that he at last conceded to let her study music with tutor named Orma [a dragon in human form]. The lessons improved her skill so much that she eventually became apprentice to a famous musician and then even became a tutor for the princess. When Seraphina discovered the secret that drove her father’s fear, she began to understand that working with such high-ranking people put her in grave danger, but it was too late. At that point, she could only hope to keep safe and to protect the people she cared about.