R. J. Bowman is an unexceptional man who travels for his living and does a good job of selling the shoes he represents. Over the years, his income has allowed him to be more and more comfortable as he became more and more successful. He has become a quick judge of people and situations and able to adapt to new environments after staying in so many hotels. He is perspective and wonders about the secret he senses his countryside hosts have. He realizes quickly that their secret--the element he never acquired and his heart beats for--is love and marriage.