This drama employs an unusual structure: a narrator named Sir instructs the characters on how to reconvene and reconstruct a day several years previous. Eventually the characters plead with Sir to alter the point of no return which changed all their lives. The story which the characters act out concerns their father, an ordinary army officer who has suddenly become a hero in late middle age as a result of his brave leadership of a U.N. peacekeeping force. When he returns to his hometown in Ireland, he discovers that his young second wife has had an affair with a dissolute son from his first marriage.
"Friel is extremely agile at theatrical legerdemain. His speculations on what, if anything, people can do to reorder their way of living are not only apt but witty. He also creates people who are palpably human and recognizable." - The New York Daily News