The narrator is a homeless man, a former schoolteacher, down on his luck. He generally sleeps in a shelter in West Melbourne. One day, rushing to get to the shelter on time, he falls and sprains his ankle. As he is limping towards the shelter, some drunken men come down the laneway, so he hides to prevent himself from attack. When he wakes in the morning, he finds a young homeless girl sleeping nearby. They begin to talk.