World Manager Carrsbury runs the affairs of the world government in a future where the concept of insanity is no longer recognized, even though pretty much all of the Earth's inhabitants have a neuroses of one sort or another . . . especially in the rarified strata of government. Carrsbury, however, is perfectly sane, and upon his ascendance to head of state, he sets about a course to replace all of government with hand-picked sane individuals trained at his Institute of Political Leadership, for the sake of the Earth. He summons in the General Secretary of the World, the only 'insane' official that he has ever felt he had a connection to, to his office on the day that the transformation is to begin, to explain what is about to take place.