In this allegory about happiness, freedom and responsibility, an autocratic tycoon has a mental breakdown, is whisked off to a sanatorium, undergoes shock treatment that results in his being able to understand the language of animals and plants. He abandons his family and business responsibilities and secludes himself in an untidy Manhattan apartment. In short order he acquires a number of companions including a talking dog, a talking tree and a very articulate baby, child of a waif like girl who also lives with Andrew. But his blissful and bizarre world is not to last. In the end, he returns to his family and reassumes his responsibilities. A delightful, whimsical play produced on Broadway.