- The story begins by establishing some of the following points:
There are six seagulls in total; a mother, a father, three sons and one daughter. All of the children have learnt to fly except for the youngest son. The parents have tried countless times to get him to fly but he is too scared, and he relies on the food that his parents bring back from their flights.
So once left with no other options, the parents decide that they must take firm measures to help the youngest son learn to fly. The whole family flies away; leaving the youngest son alone on the rock without food. This is in an attempt to motivate the youngest son to fly so that he can be with his family and find food.
After a while it becomes apparent that the youngest son is still very hesitant and afraid. He sees his mother eating fish in the distance and begins begging her to let him share. The mother then approaches him but keeps the fish just out of reach.
- A twist of fate
The youngest son desperately tries to jump for the fish but he is not successful. Suddenly, the youngest son jumps off the rock in one final attempt to reach the fish and begins falling. Instinctively, he starts to flap his wings and therefore starts to fly. The entire family is thoroughly overjoyed.
This story highlights the importance of independence and self-belief, as well as the need to remain involved in family life.