Everyone one has something they try to hide. For Katerina it's her stutter. Especially when she's around Paul, the good-looking son of her family's caretaker. She can never tell if he is making fun of her or just being friendly. Then she discovers a new species of bird, the silent spillbill. When spillbills are blamed for causing two airplane crashes, Katerina must stand up to her fears... with the help of an unexpected ally. A finely drawn, romantic story about a girl's struggle to accept her limitations and come into her own, from one of the most respected children's authors writing today.