Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of the noted American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing better than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: an inherited mental instability, and an overbearing husband.
As the play opens, a thirty-five year old Zelda is in a bar, the Oasis, drinking alone. Before the night is out, she must decide whether to sign herself back into a sanitarium (the one place where she knows she is free to develop her artistic potential), or to resign herself to her failed marriage with Scott. Through interactions with a Barman, memories are triggered.
As Zelda transforms the Barman into all of the people (male as well as female) who shaped Zelda's self-image, insights are gained. As a result, both Zelda and the Barman come to understand their lives in new, different ways.