Nitori and Takatsuki are fifth grade classmates who share a secret. Nitori is a boy who wants to be a girl and Takatsuki is a girl who wants to be a boy. Shy and reserved Nitori hides his desire to wear his sister's dresses from his friends and family while outgoing Takatsuki catches a train to a far away town wearing her brother's old school uniform. As the school year progresses Nitori and Takatsuki discover each other's secret and support one another as they try to express their true selves. In this first volume of Wandering Son we see Nitori and Takatsuki at the start of their journey; their friends and family, while loving and kind, are largely unaware of what they are going through. Slowly, Nitori and Takatsuki take small yet momentous steps; Takatsuki cuts her hair in a boy's style and Nitori portrays a girl in a school production. There's no doubt Nitori and Takatsuki's journey to express their true identities will only become more difficult, but in these moments of late childhood we see the two secure in the knowledge that at least they are not alone as they move forward.
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