After the unthinkable has occurred, all out atomic war, the world, after much shock tries to reorganize itself. Who will survive in the sterile complexes and who will be chosen to occupy them. We find little has changed; the most intelligent are selected much to the anger of the large masses. Those who can contribute to Man's survival are obvious choices while the majority who contribute little are left to suffer from the radioactive fallout. The story follows the lives of two people who were attached to each other but are forced to live apart. The changes that take place through forced separation exsmines the fragility of a relationship when the ties move from physical to the abstraction of printed words and messages.
As they were driving, both noticed that the little restaurant was no longer in operation. It was depressing and a little scary, since the restaurant had been a friendly reminder that they were just a few miles from the lake. When they arrived, they were glad to see that their favourite tree was still alive and even vigorous. It was a feeling of hope and even though a false hope, it enlivened their spirits. Leaving their things at the base of the tree, they walked toward the small lake.