After researching the Odayla Sleeps Back to Life heroquest, Veslmus began the quest on Fox Rite Day. He and Gordanger were placed in the clan’s Odayla Cave and Veslmus crossed over, in the process releasing what Old Nanny Tova said was the Wind of the Underworld, which would allow dead things to come back to life.
Veslmus met a mysterious ‘grandfather’ with a black spear who acted as a guide and companion during the journey. He crossed the Plains of Dust and then came to the Styx, where he had to surrender his Eye for the Weather to Jeset the Ferryman to cross over. He came to the Nightwood and rescued Hedgehog from a skeletal fox-thing. Hedgehog taught him the words to say to the Judge of the Dead in order to come back to life.
Then he was captured by the Dead Earth Witch, who trussed him in a net and dragged him back to her stead. He found a Dead Ember, blew it back to life, and used it to burn his way out of the net. While climbing his way out of the stead, he unintentionally brought a long-tailed bird back to life with the Ember. Then he confronted his prey animals and showed them that he was still a hunter.
On his way to Haran Vor, a strange mouth attempted to swallow him and spit out an bizarre six-legged monster at him, but he escaped the mouth and drove off the creature. At Haran Vor, the grandfather left him, but he found the banquet of his ancestors and was greeted by a man and woman who called him their great-grandson. They gave him a blessing and told him that a time of great risk and opportunity for great deeds and perhaps a great marriage was coming.
He met the Judge of the Dead and saw his best and worst deeds. Then he showed the judge that he was not dead by proving that he could dream. He woke back in the Mundane world. Gordanger was substantially healed, but Veslmus had become a woman, having birthed the chieftain back to life. A long-tailed bird was seen on the tula afterwards.