Elias's father was a very powerful wizard and had a pet raven. Elias grew up wanting to be like his dad but somehow ended up with a magpie called Megan instead. He has a problem as Megan keeps 'finding' shiny things and bringing them to him. A lot of them belong to the wives of the wizards and Vikings on the moor and Elias is getting blamed for not keeping Megan under control. He has decided that he needs to move away from the moor before he gets into serious trouble and so is looking to be adopted by someone who can cope with a slightly dippy wizard and a pilfering magpie.