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Sultan is a young boy in an unnamed Arabic country (presumably the Emirates) who lives with his widowed mother. Together with his friend Ziad, he sneaks backstage to watch the Gold Ring falconry competition, where falconers from all around the Arab world compete to show their falcons' speed and training and the powerful bond between man and bird. When Ziad finds a caged falcon and wants to sell it for money, Sultan has pity on it and convinces Ziad to release it into the wild instead. But the next morning the bird is back outside Sultan's window! Sultan names the bird Majid, and with the help of a Gold Ring tournament official named Hassan (who is a dead ringer for Qais Sedki), he learns the path of falconry and prepares to enter the competition.