In the lonely setting of a han, a fortified building offering shelter to travellers and merchants on a desolate stretch of the Silk Road, a small boy spends time with his grandfather, learning to make kites and waiting for spring to come. But after Yazul causes a precious family heirloom to be broken, his stern father punishes him by sending him to work in the kitchens. The boy's love of kite-making brings an unexpected opportunity to redeem himself, however, when bandits lay siege to their little community. Patrick Benson's artwork set within decorated panels or sometimes spilling across double pages uses sepia washes and subtle combinations of browns and blues contrasting wide desert landscapes and sombre interiors to reinforce the illusion of a tale set in medieval times. This is a dramatic and exciting story - a beautifully produced book with perfect match of picture and text.