In the attic of a soon-to-be-demolished house, two brothers meet after a long estrangement to dispose of their dead parents' property. One is Victor, a policeman who sacrificed his education and probably a career as a scientist to care for his ruined, invalid father. The other, Walter, is an eminent surgeon who walked out on the demands of family to concentrate on medicine and personal success. Their confrontation leads them to examine the events and qualities of their very different lives and the price that each of them has had to pay.
Two others are present, each with their own agendas: Walter's devoted wife, Esther; and Gregory, an 89-year-old used furniture dealer, rejuvenated by the activity of negotiating a more literal price for the goods to be sold.
As Victor notes, there's a price that people pay for the choices that they make in the conduct of their lives. The two brothers prove no exception to this observation.
The 1968 play by Arthur Miller has been one of the most successful and justly acclaimed works by this 20th Century American master.