The Question and Answer section for Gathering Blue is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Kira must appear before the council to determine whether or not she will be cast out from society. Kira is alone now that her mother is dead, and Vandara wants Kira's mother's land. She wants to see Kira sent to the Field (certain death).
The day of the Gathering is approaching. This event is important for Thomas and Kira because their hard work will be displayed..... Kira's work on the robe, and Thomas' work on the staff.