As Brandon, a young boy with long hair and feminine features, explores his own sexual and gender identity, he is oblivious to the plight of David, his father and diabetic dialysis patient. After Brandon’s mother leaves the two to go to work, Brandon’s father graciously confronts him and asks about Brandon’s orientation. Brandon ignores him, as David starts to feel ill.
David vanishes, leading Brandon to experience a flashback that took place years ago when a healthier version of David underwent his first day of dialysis treatment. He witnesses his transformation into “Hummingbird Man,” a winged superhero. David tells him that only by adapting the core traits of the hummingbird (small size and immense strength) was the only way he could survive dialysis treatment. He also tells Brandon that he knows of his secret queer identity, and that he too is a hummingbird.