“Can’t have this anymore, Jake.” When he wouldn’t accept, she removed it from her finger, tossing it into the stream.
Oceans away, on an island where clothing is unknown, a little girl playing on the shore finds a tiny circle washed up between her toes. Curious at what it could be, she takes it to her parents. Mama and Papa are ecstatic. Papa strings leaf veins into a thread and makes a necklace of the diamond ring around the little girl’s neck. The benevolent sea goddess has sent them a gift, and a sign: Their daughter would be a queen.