The Doll’s House contains two separate short stories within a larger narrative. The two stories, “Tales of the Sand,” and “Men of Good Fortune” introduce people from Dream’s past. The stories may initially seem disconnected from the meta-narrative of The Doll’s House but Gaiman doesn’t introduce characters at random, and the past always has consequences for the future.
The broader narrative of The Doll’s House concerns Rose Walker, Unity Kincaid’s granddaughter. Unity Kincaid was one of the children affected by the sleeping sickness during Dream’s imprisonment and in her sleep she was raped, and gave birth to a child. With Dream’s freedom Unity Kincaid has woken up and is searching for her child and grandchild. Rose, in her turn, is searching for her kidnapped little brother. Dream is also looking for Rose’s brother because he is being held captive by a false Dream King and is causing disturbances in the realm of Dream.