Lively and optimistic, fifteen-year-old Timandra comes from a loving and affluent family. Her earliest memories are happy ones, mostly consisting of tumbling about with boisterous brothers and spirited sisters. (She has quite a lot of them.) Since the age of nine, she has attended Star of Heaven boarding school, and she does very well in academic matters; some claim that she is brilliant, but Timandra laughs it off as well-meant flattery. With her witty mind and loving nature, it's easy for her to make friends, and she has very many. Her brothers and sisters are her oldest and dearest friends, particularly Eldon, who attends Star of Heaven with her and is only a year or two her elder, and Jude, her oldest brother. Timandra also has an especially close bond with sweet, shy Ada Albers, her roommate at Star of Heaven for the past six years. These two are practically sisters, Timandra cheering and encouraging her pensive friend whenever she has a chance. Miss Clemmons has many avid interests, especially in literary matters. Her favorite author of all time is Shakespeare, and she could literally talk for hours straight on Julius Caesar or Hamlet - just ask Jude. Of an enthusiastic, fearless nature, Timandra often comes off as brazen and imprudent, but she really is cool-headed at heart...when she needs to be.