On Moon Shadow's first night in America, "white demons" (white Americans) throw a brick through the storefront window, shattering glass. This events sets the story's backdrop of American xenophobia (dislike or fear of foreigners). Upstairs in their room, Windrider shares his most precious dream with Moon Shadow. In this dream, Windrider helps heal the mighty King Dragon, who tells Windrider that he will return to his true form as a dragon if he passes the tests he is given as a human in this life. Windrider shows Moon Shadow all of the electronic gadgets he's fiddled with and tells his son that he wants to build an airplane and fly. Uncle Bright Star insists Windrider is crazy.