The story begins in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, where the Lipinski family lives with their teenage son Robert, and his younger sister Sarah-Jane. Suddenly, the family is dealt a huge blow when Robert’s parents decide to split up. He is left devastated by he’s parents’ divorce, and locks himself away in the attic, spending most of his free time there. He’s time at school is also rough. A gang of youths in Robert’s class constantly teases him and beat him up. One of them is Martin McDermott, who will prove to be a thorn in Robert’s side for many years to come. What Martin intends that, leads him acting out of envy towards Rob with vengeance. One day Robert encounters a magpie, after she flies in through the attic window and into Robert’s life. He names the bird Gale. What Robert doesn’t realize that Gale is no ordinary bird: as the unlikely friendship grows between the teen and the magpie, eventually leading them both down a path of crime that spans over a decade, and changes Rob’s life forever. While Gale is in-flight and kept stealing.