Daedalus is put in a tower on a small island after Theseus made it through the labyrinth he built. He escapes the tower with the help of his son, Icarus, but is now stuck on the island. He attempts to bribe the sailors to let him on the boats, but King Minos keeps strict watch over them. "When Theseus escaped from the labyrinth, King Minos flew into a rage with its builder, Daedalus, and ordered him shut up in a tower facing the lonely sea." Lines: 1-3
Daedalus come up with an idea. He will make wings to get him and his son off the island! He sends Icarus to retrieve feathers from the many seagulls that fly over the island. After they build the wings, they practice flying. Then, after Daedalus warns Icarus not to fly too low or too high, they take off. "Keep at moderate height, for if you fly too low, the fog and spray will clog your wings, and if you fly too high, the heat will melt the wax that holds them together. Lines: 44-47
During their flight, Icarus gets excited. He flaps his wings so hard that he goes through the clouds! Daedalus tries to follow him to bring him down, but he is too heavy. Meanwhile, Icarus gets closer to the sun. He is bewitched by freedom. Feathers start to fall off, but Icarus doesn't notice until he had no more. Icarus falls into the ocean. "The sun beat down on the wings and softened the wax. Small feathers fell from the wings and softly floated down, warning Icarus to stay his flight." Lines: 70-73
Daedalus finds Icarus's dead body along with some feathers from his wings floating in the water. He brings Icarus with him as he flies. "Daedalus hurried to save him, but it was too late. He gathered the boy in his arms and flew to land, the tips of his wings dragging in the water from the double burden he bore." Lines: 83-86
Daedalus brings the dead Icarus to a lone island and buries him. He also names the land Icaria in his memory, then flying to Sicily. He build a temple to the god Apollo, giving the wings as an offering. "He arrived safely in Sicily, where he built a temple to Apollo and hinge up his wings as an offering to the god, and in the wings he pressed a few bright feathers he had found floating on the water where Icarus fell." Lines: 90-93
'Family is a safe place, don't go away from it.' As they were flying, Icarus got excited and went too high, too far away from his family.