In Volume 1, Nanami's father has run away from home because of his debts, leaving Nanami alone and homeless. She is in the park when a man is up in a tree begging for help from a dog who is barking at him. Nanami saves him and in exchange, he gives her his home. He then kisses her on the forehead, giving her the mark of a tochigami. He then leaves and gives her a map. Nanami is grateful for the house, but when she goes she realizes it is a old shrine where she becomes a land god. A yokai fox, named Tomoe, was the familar of the old land god, Mikage, the one who gave Nanami the shrine. He thinks Nanami is nothing but a useless human who cannot even weed properly, and leaves. Nanami is chased by a old woman and Tomoe appears to "see her die",but he says "if you say 'Tomoe, I am so sorry!' then i MIGHT save you."and Nanami refuses and kisses him, which marks him as her Shinshi (A.K.A. familar).
^i believe chapters 1-3