Boy, Owl, and Raven is an allegory for coming of age and coming to consciousness. It is the story of a boy who comes to understand that he is different and that he lives in a world in which few share this difference. Throughout the story, he moves through several worlds, or several moments, as he comes to understand himself and the world around him.
Along this journey of self-discovery, the boy first finds an owl. He hesitates, but ultimately takes the owl with him. He holds the owl tight and finds himself staring into a mirror, a looking-glass. As he reflects on himself in this mirror, a strange thing happens. Where his image once was, an entire wilderness has come into view.
The boy steps through the looking-glass and finds himself in this wilderness. In these woods he sees, over and over again, the wings of a raven. They surround him. A sense of foreboding comes over him, but he knows that he must take on the wings. And in taking them on, the boy steps into yet another world. This is a world of his own. This is his own kingdom.