* Jimmy Tock reminisces about the day he was born and the predictions made by his grandfather Josef.
* Josef dies just as Jimmy is born, right after making the predictions involving five terrible days.
* The predictions come in a clear and concise manner from a stroke victim unable to speak and dying.
* Rudy Tock, Jimmy's father, meets Konrad Beezo for the first time who makes him distinctly uncomfortable.
* Josef's predictions include Jimmy's name, weight, length and his rare genetic condition called Syndactyly.
* Beezo is waiting for his wife Natalie to give birth as well and does not speak well of his in-laws.
* He is still dressed in his clown attire, and has chosen the name Punchinello for his coming son.
* Konrad is convinced Punch will be the greatest clown that ever lived but his wife dies in childbirth.
* Josef relays five dates to Rudy, imploring...
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