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The movie opens with Yukito Kunisaki, a travelling pupeteer, arriving in the town of Kami in the hopes of earning money at the upcoming festival. At the same time Misuzu Kamio is just leaving school after discussing her summer project with one of her teachers. Choosing to do a project on the history of the town, Misuzu finds a book containing the story of Kannabi no Mikoto, the inspiration for the upcoming festival. After crashing her bike and encountering Yukito on the beach, Misuzu invites Yukito to stay at her home until the festival after learning that he has no place to stay. After meeting Misuzu's eccentric aunt Haruko (and getting a hangover the next morning from drinking with her) Yukito accompanies Misuzu throughout the town as she does research for her project.
As the two become closer the story of the Kannabi no Mikoto begins to unfold, telling of how Kanna, the last of the winged beings, fell in love with her guardian Ryūya while being sequestered in a palace under penalty of death if she attempted to leave. As the two eventually become lovers Kanna reveals her desire to escape and use her wings to fly to her mother, whom she was separated at birth from. Eventually Ryūya decides to help Kanna see her dream and the two plot their escape.
In the present day Misuzu's mysterious illness from her childhood resurfaces, leading Haruko to arrange for Misuzu's father to take her to a hospital where she can be treated. In a flashback Kanna is seen with similar symptoms and tells Ryūya that the reason for her illness is punishment because she has fallen in love with him, which goes against the laws of her kind. Yukito becomes conflicted by his feelings for Misuzu and his wish to continue wandering and leaves during the night. However, soon after he arrives at the bus stop he remembers his real reason for coming to Kami, to earn money, and heads back into town for the festival. Meanwhile at the Kamio house Haruko is preparing to take Misuzu to the festival when Misuzu's father arrives to take his daughter away. An emotional Haruko tells a shocked Misuzu that the reason she called her father is because Haruko cannot stand to see Misuzu becoming increasingly ill and wishes to be rid of her, but as Misuzu and her father leave Haruko is seen drinking and crying at the loss. While driving through the crowds at the festival Misuzu suddenly leaves her father's car after seeing a float of the Kannabi no Mikoto pass and prompts a panicked search by her father and Haruko.
During her search Haruko finds Yukito as he his performing, and while he is at first unwilling, after recalling how he failed Misuzu in their past life as Kanna and Ryūya he joins in the search and frantically runs to the temple of the Kannabi no Mikoto. Misuzu herself recalls her past life and her fateful escape from her confinement, remembering that both Ryūya and her mother died soon after she took flight; the former by a barrage of arrows in retaliation from the guards and the latter by leaving her prison to see her daughter after hearing her voice calling. Kanna herself was impaled by hundreds of arrows, but strangely never hit the ground but simply remained in the air. As the story concludes Yukito arrives at the temple and confesses his love for Misuzu, and after reuniting with Haruko the trio returns to the Kamio residence.
A short time later Haruko and Yukito decide to send Misuzu to a hospital in order to treat her, cutting her hair before she leaves and taking her to the ocean as per her request. At the ocean a weakened Misuzu gets up and tries to reach Haruko and Yukito, the two most important people in her life. She finally reaches them only to collapse in Yukito's arms and die having finally reached her goal. Yukito is last seen leaving town in the autumn and promising to find Misuzu wherever she appears next in the hope that he will someday be able to break her curse and let her be free.
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