As a young boy in the sixth grade, before he ever was involved with Yuuko and her shop, Watanuki struggles with his ability to see spirits. A strange hand appears and follows him around. He escapes up a cherry tree thanks to another boy, who can also see spirits and also gives him advice. They become friends. Soon Watanuki looks forward to his first day of junior high school and also his birthday. But the first day of April becomes more than just that.