When Charlie Wattle is accused by the evil Worstings of trespassing on their land, he is forced to flee his idyllic village home. Escaping through secret river caverns, Charlie arrives at the ancient Urchins Academy and interrupts a sacred dawn ceremony. A strange pendant he is wearing gains Charlie entry and high status. Unaware of his magical powers, Charlie makes new friends, the Tumps, learns to fly an airboard and rescues the beautiful Brionya from the clutches of dangerous kidnappers. His adventures at Urchins, together with his new friends, have just begun.