Jewel never knew her brother John. Jewel’s grandfather nicknamed her brother Bird, and encouraged him to pretend he could fly. Bird jumped off a cliff and died the day Jewel was born. No one talks about Bird or how he died, and her grandfather doesn’t speak at all. One night Jewel climbs her favorite tree and discovers someone else is already there, and his name is John. The two become fast friends, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.
3rd - 4th Grade
Roan is graduating from primary school, and waiting for his invitation to attend Pilot Academy Middle School. He can’t wait to fly in space! However, he’s rejected by Pilot Academy, but luckily gets a last minute invitation to go to Jedi School on the planet Coruscant. He doesn’t know anything about Jedi’s or the Force, but it’s better than going to the Plant academy.
The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal. Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both. Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf. Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard. Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.