Dark Leonard, a drifter by choice, saves a Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds from a car-jacking. Dark is repaid by moving in to the Reynolds' house to recover from battling with the supposed thugs. The father suffers a mild stroke, the mother dislikes having such a disreputable man in her house, and the daughter is deeply annoyed that this drifter was allowed to stay in what was to be her room. The mother's strict sense of social value is threatened by Dark Leonard's sense of freedom and the choices he has lived by. Two ways of living clash and each side must make concessions in order to tolerate a different in life's decisions. Only then will it be possible for differing ways of survival to acknowledge the possibility of another's right to chose.