This 20–minute play is set in the park of a small American college town; the time is 1951. The dramatic tension is experienced in the contrast of the two characters, who meet briefly and by chance. The old lion–head fountain, crumbling and overgrown with ivy, is a central image on the set and relates to the character of the physicist, Samuel Emmenberger, who is fettered to a materialistic science that has made him a creator of atomic weapons. The saving grace enters with the child, Grace, who befriends the dignified, elderly "Sam."
See also: Nine Dramas, The Wise Gardener, A Twentieth Century Trilogy and Southwest Journey.