The movie starts with a flashback and voiceover, giving the reader background information on the Main Character, Alvin. Alvin is a child in the scene, and he is in the lab with his father.
Alvin's father accidentally spills hydrochloric acid onto the baby Alvin, blinding the young child. This is a slow motion shot of the acid falling into the child's eyes. After, the camera fades as Alvin's father calls for help.
The movie then flashes forward to a 16 year old Alvin, leaving his house on the way to his first day of school. Music plays behind him as he happily strolls down the sidewalk.