This short story is set in the suburban town of Bethel, Connecticut. James Anderson, a school teacher frustrated with the mundane day-to-day repetition of his life, is just looking for excitement and a change of pace. His children, Susie and Rebecca, ground him and his wife, Victoria, is anything but pleasant.
But, one day when James bumps into his old friend, Rufus, his life is flipped upside-down. Mystery follows Rufus wherever he goes, and encroaches itself on the Anderson family, too. As James's struggle for a grandiose life is finally affirmed, he begins to realize the perks of normalcy.