Barry B. Benson, the bee, refuses to succumb to his sad fate: working a lifetime in a beehive. He joins a team of pollen collectors and ventures into the outdoor air. But he soon learns that the world outside the hive and contact with humans can be very dangerous. When he hears of the exploitation of bees to make honey, he fights for the rights of bees. Together with Vanessa, a New York florist who saved his life, he wins a legal battle to prevent humans from using honey. This legal victory has such disastrous percussions for the ecosystem that the bees return to the job Mother Nature assigned them.