Fly Away Home is a movie based on the true events which occurred in a small farm in Ontario Canada. Amy, a 13 year old girl, is living in New Zealand with her mother at the start of the story. Her mother unexpectedly dies in a car accident which sends Amy to Canada, where her father lives. Amy's father Thomas, is an inventor who also has a girlfriend Susan, whom Amy is not fond of. Feeling alienated and alone, Amy spends a good deal of her time exploring the area surrounding the farm. One day she comes across a nest of eggs which also seem to have been abandoned.
Amy decides to care for the eggs herself and takes them back to her father's barn where she keeps them warm inside a dresser drawer. Amy's father is not aware of the eggs or Amy's plans to hatch them. When Amy returns from school, she discovers the eggs have hatched and she now has a small group of fledgling geese to raise. She doesn't know how to care for the geese so she asks the local warden questions about how to take care of newly hatched geese. Her father does find out about the geese and allows Amy to keep them providing she can care for them.
In an effort to help, the warden informs Amy the geese need to have their wings clipped in order to keep them from flying. The procedure is too violent for Amy who decides not to have it done. As the story progresses, the bond between Amy and the geese becomes strong. The bond between Amy and her father also grows stronger and she does grow fond of Susan as well. As the geese mature, the family realizes they need to fly in order to migrate. The problem is that they have no role model to teach them how to fly. Amy's father puts his inventive ingenuity into action by creating a flying craft the birds can follow.