January 1999: Rocket Summer
• The story opens in Ohio during a brisk winter.
• Children are sledding while their mothers watch over them in fur coats.
• Suddenly the air becomes extremely warm as a rocket launches from a nearby field.
• The launch melts the snow.
• It causes the snow to change to rain and the land to become soaked with the melted snow.
• The inhabitants think that this winter should be named "Rocket Summer" instead.
February 1999: Ylla
• The scene shifts to Mars where Mr. and Mrs. K's house is described.
• It is very different from one on Earth (crystal pillars, wine in the sea, water running through the walls cools the house, fruit grows in the walls).
• Ylla and Yll are the names of Mr. and Mrs. K. They are married but Ylla is unhappy in the marriage.
• Ylla begins to dream of a tall, blue-eyed man with black hair...
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