in a world parallel to ours the people have a gift. they can turn into birds. a young girl named finch golden-wood lives there, grieving the death of her sister phoenix. when finch is sent to the Choosing, a ceremony where the oldest girl in each family is sent to the royal family, in place of phoenix she gets chosen by the prince to be his maid. the two soon embark on a dangerous adventure to save their world and ours they find a way to heal and find friendships in the depths of despair.