A life of understimulation may lead to fantasies of escape.
Growing up in a repressively conventional community vessel, our antagonist begins at a young age to believe that he is destined to be taken by extraterrestrial life. Even as a young adult, it is all upon which he can focus.
Then one day, while among the trees towering from within the deep forest, a lifetime of premonitions is realized.
Maybe they just thought things would be different . . .