Young Truxton Pilcher roams the forests around the British colony of Williamsburg and delights in its birds. He rescues them from danger, mends their broken wings, and draws their graceful shapes in the dust of the foundry where he must work. Little does he know that the governor shares his interest, and it might prove vital to his father’s life.

As Truxton helps his father and brothers in the foundry one day, a pompous silversmith is severely burned by accident. Truxton’s father is imprisoned and faces death for maiming. His only hope is a pardon that cannot be granted. Songbird is infused with suspense and shows well the love of a young boy for his father, whose fate depends solely on God.