In the Middle Ages, the focus is on family. Set in one room - the trophy
room of a men's club - from just after World War II through the late 1970's, the
play illustrates the conflict between long-standing traditions and the
pressure for change. Son Barney needs to break free, but his father Charles, the
president of the men's club, locks him in the trophy room when he misbehaves.
On one such occasion, he meets the shy Eleanor, falls in love, and spends the
next 30 years trying to win her over. Meanwhile, her mother, a social climber
hungry for stability, strives to break into this rapidly failing world.