Two young men, both nineteen and visiting Cape Cod for an adventuresome weekend, spot two attractive girls, slightly older than themselves, and they set about trying to pick them up. The eagerness of the boys is contrasted with the disinterest of the girls--although the prettier of the latter (knowing very well what is in the air) is more intrigued than her friend would like. Events then move on to a very funny beach picnic, with much beer-drinking and suggestive talk. The relative naiveté of the boys is effectively and humorously contrasted with the unsuspected worldliness of the girls. In the end the boys' bravado is shattered completely, but it is clear that a new and valuable awareness of the ways of the world (and "older" women) has replaced it.