When Theseus, a Minotaur, escaped, King Minos went into a rage and banished Daedalus and his son, Icarus, to a high tower.
When Daedalus managed to escape the tower, only to find that they were stuck on the island, he tried to bribe ships, but it didn't work.
“Minos may control the land and sea,” Daedalus said, “but he does not control the air. I will try that way.” (pg 31 line 11) He told Icarus to gather all of the feathers he could.
Taking inspirations from birds, Daedalus made a pair of wings for himself, and when he figured out he could fly out of the island with them, he made Icarus a pair of them too.
When Daedalus and Icarus got ready to fly, Daedalus told Icarus ¨Don't fly too high the wax will melt, but don't fly too low, the wax will get clogged." When they started flying, Icarus didn't listen and started to fly higher.
The wax on Icarus's wings started to melt, but by the time he had noticed, the last of the feathers were gone and he was dropped. He dropped into the ocean and drowned, and Daedalus took his body to a near by island and named it Icaria, after Icarus.