Li Cunxin arrives in Huston, Texas, and is collected from the airport by Ben, Cynthia, Betty Lou, Mason Lori and Dilworth from the Huston Ballet Company. Li is shocked by the scale and grandeur of his new and the new world he is seeing. That night, Li thinks of his life at home in 1972, the harsh reality of Shangdong province, Mao's Cultural Revolution and what lead him to where he is now.
Ben takes Li shopping. Afterwards, Li visits the Chinese consulate where he is warned of the dangers of American capitalism and reminded to fulfil his Communist Principles. During a flashback, Li's father tells him a parable about a frog and the knowledge of a different world. Back in Huston, Li struggles to reconcile life in American, the excess and wealth, with his memories of home and labour in Qingdao, Shangdong province, China.