The story begins in the dark world, the lowest of the three worlds below the present world, which is symbolically white. The others are the yellow world below this one, and below that the blue world.

In the dark world there were five entities, Hashjeshjin the Fire God whose mother is a comet, First Man the son of Night and of Naho-doklizh, the blue sky above sunset, also First Woman, whose mother is Daybreak and her father the Yellow Sky of Sunset.