The story takes up events from Wolf-Speaker, namely Numair Salmalín's turning Tristan Staghorn into a tree. After doing so he said to Veralidaine Sarrasri that somewhere else in the world a tree was changed into a human. Elder Brother depicts this changed tree's, his name is Qiom, first steps in the human world. Numair repeatedly talks to Qiom in his sleep, giving him tips on how to handle this new life. Qiom had some difficulty in adjusting to it, because this human body was new to him and he didn't know how he was supposed to behave as and around a human. In his early days he met Fadal, who decided to accompany Qiom and became his friend.