"Humans call the place they were born and raised their hometowns. Although it may be a place full of only sad, harsh memories, they still call it their hometown. And when Tetsuro goes to a cold, snowy place, he remembers his hometown." - Narrator
Tetsuro and Maetel are scheduled for an 8-hour layover at the Snow Capital, an ice covered planet where it constantly snows. As they pull in to the station, the snow reminds Tetsuro of his home on Earth and the death of his mother. He tells Maetel that he's going to stay on the GE999 for the entirety of the layover but Maetel convinces him to venture out.
Tetsuro is reminded of his mother's death
While venturing through the city, Tetsuro is surprised to discover that the entire society exists underground rather than on the surface. While the two are taking in all of the sights of the city, Tetsuro falls through a hole in the ground and lands on the poor city beneath the main one. There, he is immediately robbed by the citizens there. Afterwards, he meets a young girl named Yuki Bojin who asks him if he has anything that she could eat. Tetsuro finds part of a cookie in his pocket and offers it to her, which she is thankful to receive. After eating the cookie, she invites Tetsuro to her house on the surface. While traveling there, Tetsuro passes out from the extreme cold.
Tetsuro and Yuki travel to her house
When he awakens, he finds himself in Yuki's home and being tended to by her mother. After taking a bath, he goes sleep but overhears Yuki's mother saying that she will make Yuki something good to eat. Some time later, Tetsuro awakens and overhears Yuki's mother telling Yuki that she plans on cooking Tetsuro for her and Yuki to eat and then selling his bones to a bone dealer. Yuki is terrified when she hears this and Tetsuro tries to escape, but he is shot in the back by Yuki's mother. When he awakens, he is inside of a large oven. Yuki pleads with her mother to stop this madness but she refuses to until she discovers that Tetsuro gave Yuki something to eat earlier that day. Wanting to repay the kindness, she lets Tetsuro go and returns him to Maetel, who has come to their house looking for Tetsuro.
Yuki's Mother puts Tetsuro in the oven
Aboard the GE999, Tetsuro says that even his mother might have done something that extreme if if was he who was starving. Maetel replies saying that she might be even more harsh than Yuki's mother if was a matter of Tetsuro's safety on the line. With that, the two continue on their journey to Andromeda.
Tetsuro eating with his mother and father