Skellig takes place probably in the suburbs near or around London. Michael is a ten-year-old boy who has moved to a new house with an overgrown yard and a crumbling garage. He has an ill baby sister who is constantly at the hospital and every so often a dismal man Michael calls Dr. Death comes in to check on her.
One day, Michael goes into the garage out of pure curiosity, despite his parent’s warnings. There he finds a creepy-looking man covered in cobwebs and bluebottles. To Michael he says, “What do you want?” over and over and Michael is frightened. He then hears his father calling, and quickly steps out.
Michael is still having a hard time adjusting to the creepy man, who keeps asking for an aspirin and 27 and 53, two Chinese food restaurant menu items.
Later, Michael meets a girl named Mina, who has a graphic imagination and seems to have somewhat of a connection to nature. She does not go to school, and scoffs at the idea of being shut inside a classroom all day.
In school, Michael has science class with Mr. Rasputin, and they are studying evolution. Michael asks what shoulder blades are for, and Rasputin says he doesn’t know. When he arrives home, he asks his mum what they are for, and she says, “They say that shoulder blades are where your wings were when you were an angel. They say they’re where your wings will grow again one day.”
Succeeding this, Mina takes Michael to an old, abandoned house (her grandfather’s) and Mina shows him an array of nesting birds.
Eventually, Michael learns that the creepy man’s name is Skellig, and he and Mina take him to her grandfather’s house. There, they learn that Skellig has wings.
One day, the two find Skellig missing. Then Michael finds out the doctors are going to be operating on his sister’s heart. Thankfully, she lived. Apparently, Michael’s mom had had a dream in which Skellig healed the baby.
In the end, Michael’s family ended up calling the baby Joy, for what she brought to the world.
Skellig was more than a book- it was a living adventure full of poetry, nature, and love.