A dream filled with red camellia and the passing of a strange mask... The owner of this mask is a boy named Yue who lives in a temple populated with unusual - and not altogether human - residents. It's winter, and the nearby town Utsuwa is holding a seasonal festival. Kurogitsune, Yue's fox spirit friend, decides it's the perfect opportunity for the sheltered young man to experience the sights, sounds, and (most of all!) the food in the outside world. Even though Yue is forbidden from ever leaving the temple, they sneak into town, not realizing what they have set into motion.