Michael from the mountain clans has a gift - he can hear dragons. A birth defect has made it difficult to speak and he can't walk; his body is wracked with spasms. But if his people - and the dragons - are to survive attacks by the lowland Qing d'Hai empire, he must somehow bridge the gap between his dragon riding clans and the dragons. If he doesn't succeed, both the dragons and the mountain clans will meet a terrible fate.
Haast eagles have been extinct for a long time, so when Tina discovers an orphaned Haast eagle chick on her rooftop, she knows she has found something special. The only way to ensure the eaglet's freedom is to bring him to Maori lands. But scientists would rather study her bird in a laboratory than return him to his native lands in southern New Zealand. Can Tina return him so Haast eagles can once more be seen flying free?