Matica lives in the small village of Pucara with her brother, mom and dad, who is recovering from his near-death experience. Her 11th birthday is coming up and the things she is about to encounter proves she is very brave. She is invited to see Elcano, the very old and frail father of the village elder Pajaro. She is afraid.
She also hears the poachers are back looking for eggs - and Talon.