Zara was first introduced when Adin arrived in Tora to convince the Torans to add their talisman, the Amethyst, to his Belt. She, as well as her brother and father, were among the group of six Torans that met Adin and heard his proposal. Adin was immediately captivated by Zara, who remained silent through most of the meeting. When Lenore refused to grant Adin the Amethyst and Adin claimed to feel that someone in the city disagreed with her decision, Zara revealed that the feeling of disagreement had come from the Amethyst itself. She argued that they should reconsider, but Lenore still refused and the Torans forced Adin from the city. Shortly afterward, Zara, her brother, Shim, and his friend, Kayan, left the city for the first time in their lives to follow Adin. Zara insisted to her brother that the Land of Dragons as a whole was their concern, not just Tora. As they were talking, an Ak-Baba arrived and nearly discovered the group, but the Torans used their magic to keep them hidden and drive the Ak-Baba away. Zara, Shim, and Kayan fainted because of the ordeal, angering the other Torans, who demanded that Adin leave.
Zara, her father, Shim, Kayan, and Lenore arrived partway through the Battle for Deltora, aided by their magic. Adin was stunned, partially because he had feared that they were dead. Zara personally gave Adin the Amethyst, which he used to complete the Belt of Deltora and repel the Shadow Army. Zara was the one who noticed that the gems in the Belt spelled a name, which led to the Land of Dragons being renamed "Deltora". She and Adin were eventually married and had five children, with the oldest taking the throne after Adin. Zara and Adin were present when the Torans swore their allegiance to Adin and his bloodline.
Because Zara was a Toran, it became a tradition for the ruler of Deltora to take a Toran as a spouse.
Zara was strong-willed and somewhat rebellious, shown when she directly challenged the Torans' decision not to grant Adin the Amethyst, even to the point of leaving the city for a short while. Because of her sheltered life inside Tora, she was made uneasy even by something as simple as poor weather, mistaking mist for the devastation that Adin told her had swept across the land. She was apparently quite persuasive, able to convince Shim and Kayan to follow her outside the city and the other Torans to give the Amethyst to Adin.