The story follows the marriage of Mike and Karen Vaughan. It details their hobbies, reading for Mike and taking classes for Karen, as well as their eventual divorce when it becomes clear the type of lessons she was taking.
Turtledove writes of this story "I was shooting the breeze with a friend of mine one day when he said, 'Why don't you put me in one of your stories?' So I did, sort of. I don't write mainstream fiction very often. I don't sell it very often, either; this story makes once. Thanks, Bob."