Dr Andrew Patterson gets a new job in an English department at a university, though the people and institution are particularly unusual. His initial reluctance to accept the job, despite its good benefits, mean he goes home to think about it until his wife Jane demands he accept. At the university, he is introduced to a variety of other staff members and finds his predecessor became a gibbering wreck and caused him to leave. Patterson ends up locked in his room by Professor Misty when he leaves, and he is rescued by a cleaner somewhat later. Back at home, he tells Jane he doesn't think he is up to working at the university due to the craziness of it. He also finds that his wife has become friends with Cuthbertson from next door, and is off to yoga class.