Moon Shadow explains that Tang men can and do have multiple names throughout a lifetime.
Windrider shows Moon Shadow their room. It is filled with small machines that are foreign to Moon Shadow.
Windrider excitedly shows Moon Shadow each of the strange machines, including earphones, a crystal set, and electric light in a lightbulb.
Moon Shadow gets the heebie-jeebies from these electric devices. His father senses his fear and laments that he does not know how to be a father. The father and son pair promise to learn together.
Windrider decides to tell his son about his name. He goes into a sweeping narrative involving a Dragon King. His memory comes from the first night he spent in America. When he woke up, he was on a beach of jewels with a dragon about five hundred yards long on it.
Windrider tells of how he knew that the dragon was an Imperial Dragon because of its five claws, and how the dragon was quite old and badly injured.
Still in Windrider's memory, the Dragon King tells Windrider that he used to be a fine dragon, but was punished for immoral behavior by being transformed into a "softskin," or human (3.33). He was punished for trying to extinguish the sun with the force of his wings. Though he has no memory of it, as a dragon, Windrider was the "greatest physician of all the dragons" (3.37).
The Dragon King tells Windrider that his remaining power lies in his kite-making abilities. He requests that Windrider heal him, saying that the wisdom of how to do so lies in his hands (3.43).
Windrider requests the Dragon King reduce himself in size so his body can be worked on. The Dragon King halves his size.
Windrider remembers how his hands knew how to heal the Dragon King. He does indeed fix him.
Windrider wishes to return to his natural state as a dragon, but the Dragon King says he needs to wait until his life as a softskin is over. He will be given a series of tests as a human he will need to pass to become dragon again.
The Dragon King has nearby soldiers affix wings onto Windrider so he can see how awesome the dragon kingdom is. Windrider uses his wings to fly.
The Dragon King takes off in flight, strutting his flying skills. He and Windrider race through the sky to Windrider's home.
Windrider remembers the Dragon King's throne and how amazing it was, full of gems and gold. On the back of the throne was a black stone with the word for sharing on it; the Dragon King used this to speak to whomever he wanted. Kind of sounds like Beauty and the Beast's magic mirror.
The Dragon King uses the throne device to contact each of his descendents for a banquet.
He then lets Windrider contact someone of his choosing. Windrider picks his wife, and he suddenly hears Mother singing a lullaby to a gurgling Moon Shadow. Windrider decides not to speak to her, as it would only bring a more intense sense of pain and longing.
The Dragon King loses a game of dominoes to Windrider and saves the winnings for his future return to the dragon world.
Windrider returns to the mortal world, and thus finishes telling his dream to Moon Shadow.
Windrider admits he has no proof that this memory ever happened. Moon Shadow assures his father that he believes in the memory as reality.
Uncle Bright Star throws a wooden carving of a monkey onto Moon Shadow's bed as an embarrassed gift. Moon Shadow keeps its creator a secret from the Company, figuring Uncle would want it that way. The little sculpture is really something, Moon Shadow reflects, impressed by Uncle's rheumatic hands.
Moon Shadow falls asleep with the Monkey beside him.