Frank and April Wheeler are a young married couple who've moved from Greenwich Village to the suburbs. They consider themselves intellectuals, and they've left the city with regret. The way they justify it in their hearts is to assume that they are better than their neighbors. But one night, while with another couple, Frank tells a story, and in the middle he realizes he's told it before. It's an awful scene—a moment when Frank and April come to terms with what their life really is and how fully they've compromised their dreams. They try to reclaim one: to live in Paris. But that fantasy is only a reprieve, and when the moment passes, the reality sinks back down.