Valley of the Horses Author:Jean M. Auel Book 2 of Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series. Ayla, the unforgetable heroine of the best-selling "The Clan of the Cave Bear", sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love. Driven by her intelligence, her curiosity, an... more »d her destiny, she explores where the clan never dared to travel and encounters a hostile world of awesome mystery, glacial cold, terrifying beasts, and intense lonliness in which survival iself is a constant battle.
Sharing a hidden valley with a herd ofsteppe horses, Ayla finds a unique friendship with animals as vulnerable as herself and ingeniously discovers the complex skills needed to survive - skills no Clan member was able to master. Bout none of her experience prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man - the first of the Others she has seen - from almost certain death. Torn between her desire for human companionship and her fear of the unknown Others, she struggles against her deep attraction to the handsome Jondalar. it is Jondalar who teaches her the meaning of true friendship and love.« less