|A Glimpse of the Sun|
|Writer(s)|| Gary Jones|
|Characters (In order of appearance)|| Shade (Bill Switzer)|
Chinook (Matt Hill)
Ariel (Randall Carpenter)
Mercury (Ian James Corlett)
Frieda (Pam Hyatt)
Bathsheba (Shirley Millner)
A Glimpse of the Sun was the first episode in the Canadian TV series Silverwing.
The saga of Shade Silverwing begins with four bat-friends hanging out in the trees: Shade, Chinook, Todd and Breeze. Shade chased a tiger moth through the trees but Chinook swooped in and grabbed it first. Shade is mocked frequently for being a fatherless Silverwing runt that has no chance of making the big migration, but tonight he has had enough. He stuns his friends when he announces his plan to watch the sun rise, which is a direct violation of an ancient law that forbids bats from flying in the daylight.
Shade's mother, Ariel, and the other adult Silverwings are concerned, though, for they know that more trouble has yet to come. Ariel reassures Shade that his father was a brave, strong and sometimes foolish bat, but no matter what Chinook had said, his father was no coward. The two go to sleep, but are later aroused by Mercury, the messenger for the colony elders, and tells them to go before them.
Ariel and Shade go up to see them, where Frieda asks Shade questions about his motivations for taking such a risk, while Bathsheba rants about handing him over to the owls immediately. Frieda decides it best to take Shade to the Echo Chamber, where the history of the colony can be heard. Shade learns of the great battle of the birds and the beasts, and how bats refused to take a side in the war. In the end, the bats were the real losers in the war as they were banished to the night forever by the owls. Shade states his opinion to Frieda about the law being unfair, but she can only warn him about managing his anger and not letting his emotions control him.
The two are then summoned by Mercury to see General Brutus, Commander of the Owls, who swoops into the Silverwing roost and demands that Shade be handed over to pay for his crime. Frieda tries to compromise with Brutus, but he refuses to accept anything less than Shade. So Frieda refuses to comply with the owl's demands and calls his law "unjust." Outraged, Brutus commands his squadrons to firebomb Tree Haven.
The bats try to save their roost, but the flames spread too quickly. Ariel gets caught under a fallen limb, but is rescued by Shade and Chinook. The colony flees to the forest to watch as the raging fire destroys their nursing roost and Echo Chamber history. Filled with shame and despair, Shade has yet to realize that the real battle hasn't even begun.
- The female Silverwing bat that is hanging out with Shade, Chinook and Todd at the beginning is not given a name. In episode 4, Bat in the Belfry, Chinook reveals that her name is Breeze.
- First appearances of Shade, Chinook, Ariel, Frieda, Bathsheba and Brutus.
- "Shade", "Tree Haven", "The Echo Chamber", and part of "Ablaze" were the chapters of the book that were featured in this episode.