Dexter Green the protagonist in the story has dreams of being elite as he mingles with American elites at the Golf club during summer. His emotions and dreams get the best of him as he even refuses to be treated as inferior by Miss Judy Jones, a lady who presents to him the picture of being an American elite. In the summer he serves as a caddy at a local golf club. He finds the spring depressing because he knows that something dismal has to happen in spring. Fall makes him display idiotic behavior where he imagines commanding an army and repeating sentences while making gestures to the army.
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Dexter is attracted to Judy Jones because of her beauty and charm. He sees in her a world glittering in happiness and promises. The girl determines most of his decisions in the story. He quits a nice job for someone his age at that particular area for reasons of fear for inferiority feelings brought about by caddying for young Miss Jones. Dexter imagines having a relationship with her which would bring him everything that the elite lifestyle can offer.
When Dexter learns of Judy’s marriage he becomes excited at first, then he loses his excitement when he learns that she has lost her beauty and that she is constantly abused by the husband. He then realizes that it was just a dream that he had that made him think he loved her.