Nō tōna whiwhinga ki tētahi perehana rerekē me ngā kupu rehurehu e tāpiri ana, ka rere atu a Pene rāua ko tōna hoa hou, ko Hiko ki tētahi ao kē, tino mīharo hoki. Tau atu ana rāua ki reira ka tūtaki ki tētahi ruru kaumātua, ko ia tonu te rangatira o Hiko. Ka tukua a Hiko rāua ko Pene ki tētahi tauwhāinga. Haere noa ana a Pene, me tana pōhēhē ko tāna noa iho he āwhina i a Hiko. Engari rā, mōna kē te tauwhāinga rā, ā, māna ētahi mahi maruwehi e whakaoti. Oti noa nei aua mahi i a ia, kātahi anō ia ka mārama ki te tikanga o ngā kupu i tāpirihia ki tana perehana.
After receiving an unusual present with a cryptic message attached for his 10th birthday, Pene, along with his new friend Hiko, is teleported away to a strange, magical land. On their arrival there, they meet Ruru, an old owl who seems to be in charge of Hiko. Ruru sends the pair of new friends on a quest. Pene goes on the journey thinking that he is there to assist Hiko when required. He has no idea that the quest is actually for his benefit, and that he will need to complete three daunting tasks. After completing the tasks, he finally realises the purpose of the quest and the meaning of the cryptic message that was attached to his birthday present.