In I Am a Wondrous Thing, Seroigora Oblast suffers a great earthquake. Soon after using her magic to help the survivors, Irina decides it is time for her step down and pass the position of velikomat to Anzhela Tomanovna, her velikodoch, which she does on Thunorsniht, 1711 MG.
Following her abdication, she travels to the Vorotnikov izba, ancestral home of her first husband, Mikhail Stepanovich. She stays there for a time, but soon realizes that is not the place for her.
She proceeds to Ryazan and down the Irtysh River, heading for Tarnovo and the Kreisens. Along the way, she is ambushed by Egill Thorgrimssen, but is ultimately saved by Valentin Karlovich.