Once upon a time-six brothers were turned into swans and once upon a time-the spell was broken-giving back to each brother his human form. All except for Ardwin-the youngest. He was left with one arm enchanted-forever a wing and so he grows up marked by difference-a prince struggling to find a place in his father's kingdom while his wing pulls him towards the open sky. Ardwin barely knows how to speak to his family-yet his wings give him the power to understand every other creature in the forest. Half the time Ardwin wishes his wing were gone-but when he learns that his father plans to have the wing severed-he knows he must flee to save his life and to find his way.