The setting of the story is the narrator’s house, which Mr. Wiley visits. The time period is likely near the present. The house is in the country, and has a stone path. The houses are far apart, and Mr. Wiley is the closest neighbor. It is likely springtime, because Mr. Wiley has come to give them an envelope he found. He tells them about the weeds growing in their stone path.
The narrator explains that they came to raise their daughter in the country because it is safer than in the city. They have a greeting card business. They decide to trust their neighbor, since he is old and seems harmless, and he is the nearest neighbor. We learn that someone had mistaken their daughter for a deer and shot her. So ironically they moved to the country setting to be safe, and she was not safe.