In Nagala, land of faeries and elves, relentless storms and untold menaces threaten to destroy the elemental worlds. As a last resort, Rhiannon, Queen of the Faeries, sends here unicorn Skyla, and three rainbow faeries to the neighboring land of Lugin to discover what has become of Gryphon and to learn what can be done to dispel a time of looming darkness.
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.