In the hive everyone has their roles: the queen lays eggs, the female workers tend the hive and make the honey, and the male drones lay around, get drunk, and think up government and religious rituals to pass the time while waiting for a chance to mate with the queen. But three bees, Thora, Albert, and Mo, don't seem to fit their roles. Thora, a worker, dreams of idleness and freedom. Albert, a drone, is a poet who thinks in metaphors, and Mo is a rebel who questions everything.
But life in the hive is not conducive to divergent thinking. Sensible workers don't have the time or patience for foolishness, and drones, filled with a sense of their own importance that the workers don't share, feel threatened. And when Mo tries to make peace with the hive's traditional enemies, the wasps, it's the workers, as usual, who have to clean up the mess.