Hildegard was born into a prominent Jewish family in Dresden, and acted in German theaters during the 1920's and early 1930's. Now 75, she lives in Berkeley, CA, and is in early stages of Alzheimers disease. Her best friend Dr. Q lives next door. Also Jewish, born in the Russian Pale, he can still recall the Russian Revolution and remains a staunch advocate of Leon Trotsky and international socialism. The story is narrated by Cecyl, who moves in as Hilde's care-giver.