Long ago, before the great flood,

        there lived a herd of elephants on the Plain of Shinar.

    Every spring they would leave their valley by the mountains

            and travel west to the big Blue Sea

            and then return home to the valley for the winter.


The oldest living elephant, Eugelon, would often speak

        of the first story he could remember:

                the adventures of Thurston,

                        the smallest elephant.