Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a Korean potters' village. He is content living with Crane-man under a bridge barely surviving on scraps of food. All that changes when he sees master potter Min making his beautiful pottery. He accidentally breaks a pot and must work for the master to pay for the damage.Tree-ear is eager to learn. Then he is sent to the King's Court to show the master's pottery. Little does Tree-ear know that this difficult and dangerous journey will change his life forever.