In Trickster's Choice, Aly, the daughter of the Lioness and of Tortalls official spymaster, is made a slave and given to the Balitang family. But, her time in the Balitangs home in Rajmuat is short lived when the family is thrown into exile by their king. While in exile,
alydiscovers that she was given to the Balitangs by the will of a god,Kyprioth, atrickster god. She makes a deal with him: Ifshe keeps the two oldest Balitang children, Sarai and Dove, alive until the Autumn equinox, the god will return her to her family in Tortall. Soon,she becomes attatched to the family and invested in keeping them alive. When the book ends, Aly and the Balitang family are on their way back to Rajmuat.