Jerry Downing spiritually drifts into work with the mental lapse of a man without society. Karen invites him for a drink during his lunch break, but again he is a man who is metaphorically not there. He shares his ordeal with her, and she extends the hand of friendship by taking him under her wing in order to help him grow as a writer. Karen Glinda now becomes his new father figure.
Karen begins a series of workshops to help Jerry improve his novel so that she can present him respectably to the world of publishing. Her involvement in his life provides him with a living relationship that helps him to grow as a person and move on with his life. When the novel is finally accepted for publication, Jerry returns the dream of being a published writer to its rightful owner - his father. The novel represents his father's unfulfilled ambition of being a published writer, but now that Jerry has compensated his father for what he didn't achieve he can now move on and live his own life.