A gust of wind changes Paul Kramer's life when it sweeps his money from a hotel window onto the ledge below. Emboldened by greed and whiskey, he steps out to retrieve it, but can't make it back as vertigo roots him to the spot he stands on. The important people in his life alternately appear at the window. Separately, they assume guilt for driving him to "suicide." As they reveal their reasons for the assumption, he's given motivation after motivation to jump. Wanting to die, his fear of height changes to indifference. It changes back to fear when the need to live returns.