Rascal the Rat is scrounging for food. He is interrupted by the Kitchen God, who scolds him for trying to steal food from the villagers. The Kitchen God is interrupted, however, when he sees a fisherman and his wife come into his temple to wish for a boy. The Kitchen God believes that the boy will be a powerful being. When he notices a beam appear in the fisherman couple’s cottage, the Kitchen God pores over some old books which tells the story of the vicious Nian and his fatal opponent Polaris God. He realizes that the fisherman’s child is the earthly incarnation of the Polaris God. Meanwhile, the vicious Nian’s messenger, a crow named Enforcer, comes to tell Nian about the newborn child.