As the plane begins to descent, the heights of the city break through the cloud cover. To Andy, the city looks like a magical kingdom, its twinkling lights like jewels beckoning him to come and play. The city is a place of mystery and adventure, such a contrast from Andy's life in Boston. Married to a wife whom he perceives as boring, Andy lives a life of monotonous drudgery.
Loosening his tie, he imagines what the next few days will bring. An accountant by trade, Andy has secured several accounts that afford him frequent trips into the city.
As the plane continues its decent, Andy feels his old self shedding like a snakeskin. The tension from the day begins to unwind, and his mind keenly focuses as euphoria spreads through his body.