Allison Cox, 16 years old, stands at the top of a pyramid in Mexico, imagining that she is flying to another mountain across the landscape from her and that she has a giant wing covered with feathers instead of arms. She is at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent Pyramid. She shares her dream with her host, Adrienne, who brushes it off as coincidence. This sharing begins a long distance friendship that lasts years.
Becca Kelly remembers a life changing night in 2002. She was carrying a double major in Russian and German. Marina Kanevskaya, her Russian professor was killed in a hit and run accident at 6th Street and Van Bueren, and Becca remembers how this affected her.
After being humiliated by a local where he was sunbathing in a strange place: on the ground next to a dusty Nigerian cross-roads market, David Allan Cates opens a novel for the first time and falls in love with the form.