Near a dry stream bed on a wind-swept spring day, Ellie Tsosie makes a strange discovery. For there, she finds a startling gift a book called The Mockingbirds Manual. Ellie slowly wakes to a new and magical world, formed of the birds who have always lived around her home. But until the discovery, she never knew of their lives or of their secrets. In the first book of the Keepers of the Windclaw Chronicles, Ellie takes her first steps into the fantastic realm of the Animal World, where she comes to learn that she has a mission. Each step and each moment will bring her closer to learning about her true destiny, as she travels her homeland of the Navajo Nation and learns of others with similiar gifts.