Plain Kate is the story of a girl, Katerina, who becomes an orphan quickly in the book. Her carvings hold power in the mind - they show people the truth, which is why they call her a witch. In order to escape the village blaming her for the plague, Plain Kate sells her shadow to a witch-man, Linay, and receives and unexpected gift along with escape.
At this point, you could see the plot - Linay is plotting something dastardly, Kate bravely stops him, saves the world, and is a hero in her village. But! This is not so - Plain Kate's storyline traverses the beauties of a catty friend, an injured witch, a wrongfully drowned healer, a strange fog, a strange and terrible power, loneliness, responsibility, and love. If you are looking for a book to permanently change the way you think about things, no matter how small the change, Plain Kate is a masterpiece that can be counted on to warm you up any time of the year.