Chess Chickadee lives high in the tree tops with his backyard friends...Blue Jay, Olive and Red Cardinal, Titmouse, and Nuthatch. Wax, the Cedar Waxwing who wears the black mask, comes to visit every winter when the Holly berries are ripe. You can hear him and his flock singing "Z-z-z-zing!" as they swoop through the branches.
One day Chess gets lost in the dark and spooky woods and meets several creatures who would like to eat him for lunch. When he flies so far that he ends up at the ocean, it takes a large but kind fellow bird to help him find his way back. Just in time for the holidays, Chess returns to tell his backyard friends about the dangerous journey to the sea.