Determined to find the elusive dreambird and claim its mysterious gift, young Natsama becomes the best hunter and fisherman in his village. But he must overcome many challenges and disappointments before learning to embrace the power and wonder of his own spirit.
The emperor forbids the keeping of wild animals, so Issa's orphaned bear cub must be kept hidden. Unwilling to part with his unusual pet, Issa uses bonsai techniques to keep the bear from growing. Eventually, however, he must allow the bear to return to its true nature.