Daedalus and his son Icarus are held prisoner in a high tower on the island of Crete by King Minos.
Daedalus is hard at work at his brilliant plan to escape. He melts wax and uses it to attach feathers together to created wings.
Daedalus informs Icarus that he can't fly too high or the wax will melt, or that Icarus can't fly too low or the sea will wear away at the wings.
Daedalus stays alert as they go on their flight. On the other hand, Icarus is excited to be finally out of that tower. Freedom is within their grasps!
Icarus is consumed with the idea of their flight and begins climbing higher and higher. The wax holding his wings together dissolves away, and the feathers begin disintegrating. He plummets into the ocean.
Daedalus safely makes it to Sicily and mourns the loss of his son Icarus. Icarus had ignorantly fluttered blindly, higher and higher. Daedalus feels guilt for his son's death.