From the back of the book:
Azlana is the daughter of a dark elf priestess and her human captive. Although raised by her mothe rin the Underdark, he mixed blood was discovered by another house of drow, and Azlana was made a slave ... . After two years ... Azlana was finally able to escape ... . Azlana had become a highly skilled warrior. She put those skills to use one night fighting a roving thief. The incident was witnessed by a red dragon who saw her value and quickly befriended her... the dragon convinced her to stay with him in order to help guard his treasure... The dragon ... taught her spells for producing fireballs and poisonous smoke ... ."