The recap to this issue is a page from "Master Puckumtuck"'s Lies and Enlightenment, a biography of Moonshadow. Moon's own narration of his Awakening then begins with a quote The Brothers Karamazov on the existence of God, which he follows up with a description of one of his mother's many desperate attempts at enlightenment, this time through drugs.
As a youth, meanwhile, Moon is now an exile on Gimmegimme, where Pobidiah Unkshuss has banished him. Luckily he runs into Lord Gaylord, who left his peace commune and used the threat of his non-existent doomsday weapon to trick the Machovian and Goyimian empires into ending their longstanding war. He also tells Moon that the war was started by Pobidiah in the first place.
Unfortunately they come upon the scene of a suicide, who turns out to be the Lady Shady, who apparently killed herself over her involvement with Pobidiah's trumped-up rape accusation against Moonshadow in the previous issue.
Gaylord takes Moon under his wing, and brings him to his home planet of Pillbox, where Moon is accepted by Gaylord's family and friends and lives happily for some time. He has a particularly joyful relationship with a younger girl, Bettina. He also enjoys debating philosophy, particularly whether there is any meaning to life, with Gaylord.
Eventually, however, his alien G'L-Doses father shows him a vision of Ira being held captive, and Moon feels he must go rescue him, so he leaves.