Path down the Mountain journeys far from her home to live and study the art of weaving with Heron, a master weaver famous for her brilliantly colored cloth. Under Heron's vigilant eye, Path begins to learn the secrets of the loom. But Path has secrets of her own. Secrets about her family and her past that she will not share with anyone, until she meets the baker's son, a boy named Bird. As Midsummer Day approaches, a day for which hundreds of yards of cloth must be woven and dyed, both Path and Bird are consumed by their work. But in stolen moments, they gradually become friends. Their friendship angers Heron, who believes Path must devote herself only to weaving, and as the great holiday grows near, Path's journey becomes more difficult than ever before. In a futuristic world where cats talk and battery trees glow in the night, Path discovers that the gift of one's own story is still the most precious thing of all.