Once upon a time two dolphins were swimming in the ocean with their families and friends. Then they were spotted by cruel Taiji drive hunters who chased them until they were so hungry and exhausted that they could no longer fight to outwit them. They were netted into the Cove and they could not escape. Then some trainers came and took them because they decided that they were pretty and clever enough to be trained for human entertainment to make lots of money. The other members of their family were not chosen and they were brutally killed to be eaten for meat. There was nothing that the two dolphins could do to help them.
After witnessing the death of their friends and family they were taken to tiny sea pens and when they were near starving they were offered dead fish if they did tricks for the humans. They were so hungry and disorientated that their past lives swimming in the ocean seemed like a dream. When they were successfully programmed to do tricks they were moved to a permanent new home.