A wealthy businessman is persuaded to run for U.S. President. He finds that he is constantly forced to compromise his principles in order to secure support and funding, and finally withdraws from the race. However, his experience has only made him more determined to reform the political system. ;
The story of US Army doctor Walter Reed and how he and his medical team helped to find the cause of yellow fever, which was responsible for the deaths of thousands every year, in Cuba after the Spanish-American war of 1898.
During the Stalinist purges in Russia in the 1930s, a committed Bolshevik named Bubashov sits in prison, having been betrayed by the cause he fought for, and goes over his life via a series of flashbacks and coded conversations with other condemned prisoners in an adjoining cell.
Gabrielle Maple works in a dusty desert gas station-café, but yearns for the life of an artist in France, knowing there must be something finer than the provincial dead-end she is trapped in. A hitch-hiking writer, the disillusioned Alan Squier, appears and revitalizes her dreams of a better place, and finds his own sense of worth refreshed by this vital young girl. When Duke Mantee and his gang, wanted killers, show up and take hostages, Gabrielle falls in love with the poetic Alan, and Squier begins to see a way to give Gabby the life she deserves.
This Thornton Wilder play, the story of life on Earth from prehistoric times through World War II as lived by Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, their two children, and their house maid, Sabina, is filled with biblical and mythological references.