The yellow sheet, which represents hours and week-ends of research by Tom Benecke rises from Tom's desk and whisks out the window when his wife opens the door of their apartment. Throwing caution out the window to accompany the lost sheet, Tom decides to retrieve his plans for a new grocery display.
After the yellow sheet of paper whirls out the open window, it lands out on the building's edge, eleven stories in the air. Tom manages to retrieve it, and, after a harrowing experience of balancing himself while he thrusts his hand through the glass of the window which fell shut as he nearly fell and slid against it, he crashes through this window and rather distractedly lays the sheet down on his desk with only a pencil on top of it.
Having pondered the existential absurdity of what he has done, Tom decides to hurry to the cinema where he can sit with his wife; ironically when he opens the door to depart, the draft again lifts the sheet and it flies out the broken window.
This time Tom watches the yellow sheet sail through the air and out of his life. "Tom Benecke burst into laughter and then closed the door behind him."