The novel opens on a hot summer's day, and the narrator complains that he has a day off from work. He asks his father to take him to the store to buy some water, but he refuses, saying that it's too hot. He also tells his father that he got a terrible disease during the summer, and that he's going to die if he stays in the sun all day. The narrator says that he brought a fan to the house, and he hopes that it will cool him down. He then tells the narrator that he was brought outside for a walk and that the dog that came with him is still there.