Our world is the Mesopotamian Plain. We have one city, called the City, which is located almost exactly in the center of the plain. Half of us live in the City, the other half on farms in the countryside. As far as we know, we natives of the plain are the only humans on the face of the earth.

Adam dominates our lives. We live in houses and sleep in beds because Adam invented houses and beds. We are warm at night because Adam taught us the secret of fire. Our hearts are stirred by poetry because Adam showed us how to speak in meter and in rhyme. Practically every device that makes our lives fuller or more comfortable is a gift from Adam.