Bastian lives with his father and pet cicada in a special cave in the roots of the trees. Bastian’s father is an inventor who had hoped his son would take after him, but Bastian just wants to be an interpretive dancer.
Bastian dances everywhere he goes. He does not speak, but dances the dance of the flower, taught to him by the local bees. Every flower has its own dance and this is how Bastian communicates with them.
One day Bastian may turn into a flower himself, if he dances too much. This worries his father enormously as Bastian’s mother danced herself into a native iris many years ago and now he can only talk to her when the wind blows from the west. Sometimes Bastian’s father cries in his sleep and he yearns for the day another flower may come into his life and dance the dance of the little people with him again.
Bastian is only a child and he looks forward to his pet cicada finally growing up enough to crawl to the surface and grow his wings. Bastian would like to fly with his cicada when this happens.