Trader has many names and she has been living as a boy since the crystal was found a few months ago. Small and elfin, she can lie her way out of any situation. To escape the wrath of Tasman, Trader fell in with the fossickers, a group of boys who search the riverbeds for fossils and crystals and treasure.
Trader is sometimes called Traitor because of her shiftiness and cleverness-she has needed her wits to survive and answers to no one but herself. She can pass as a boy or a girl, and appears at times innocent and other times omniscient. Although young, she has the knowledge and weariness of someone old beyond her years.