In a confused and divided world, one thing remains certain—a man must earn his daily bread. And so David Vincent takes advantage of a precious lull in his lonely war.
Two men in suits find David Vincent at his drafting table, engaged in some rare architectural work. One introduces himself as Josef Dansk and asks if he might be able to help them with an alien they captured. He says they're keeping him at their UN headquarters and that he was caught going through their safe. Vincent agrees to go take a look.
Dr. Serret is peering through her microscope when Deputy Ambassador Peter Borke enters her lab. She asks him to cable home for a team of experts, but he says it's premature, that the fluoroscope he sent for should be enough. She tells him she's not expert enough to evaluate a creature with skin like cellulose, that has no blood or heartbeat. She says he is not of this Earth and she needs help. He tells her that if she is saying he's from outer space, then she really does need help. She says she sent for an American named Vincent, who may have had experience with these creatures. He asks her to have a full file ready for the ambassador when he arrives, as he wants him to be the one to make the decision. She asks if he's afraid to commit himself, and offers to cable home, but he says he's the one in charge and will be the one to send cables. He gets on the phone and asks that Sanders be sent to his office.
David Vincent arrives at the embassy with Josef Dansk.
Borke tells Sanders he found out that he's held jobs that require medical examinations for insurance and asks how his peculiarities have escaped detection. Sanders does not respond. He asks where he's from, how many of them there are, and why he's interested in their troop dispositions in East Asia, but Sanders says he's not, and was hoping there'd be some cash. Borke says there was cash in plain sight, but he somehow didn't find it. He asks who sent him there, but gets no answer. He tells Sanders that if he's going to be difficult, he can be difficult too, but if he wants to be reasonable, he can be reasonable also. Sanders tells him not to pressure him, as he's been briefed on his people. Borke asks where he was born, but Sanders says he was manufactured. When Borke asks where, he begins to say somewhere over the rainbow, but is interrupted by Borke's goons, who start slapping him around. Sanders says, "This is the United States, Mister! I've got rights!" Borke says they have other ways.
David Vincent enters the embassy and Josef points out Sanders as he is being taken away. Sanders is brought to a room with a holding cell. He attempts escape, but gets a bottle broken on his head and tossed into the cell.
David Vincent meets with Peter Borke and tells him Sanders must be from space from what he's told him. He advices Borke to get him out of there since they'll know he has him and won't let him keep him. Borke asks where he should send him, and Vincent suggests state department security or military intelligence. Borke says their scientists at home are interested in flying saucers, and that a popular view is that they are American made. Vincent says he's heard that theory, and Borke asks if he believes it. Vincent asks if he believes it after examining Sanders. Borke says it's arguable, noting that the nearest galaxy is 18 hundred trillion miles away, but that he could stand on the Potomac and throw rocks at half a dozen biological warfare projects. Vincent asks what that means, and he says, "The fault, dear Brutus, may not be in our stars, but in ourselves." Dr. Serret adds that they are underlings.
Vincent asks if there's anyone higher up Borke could ask, but he says he wants to weigh all possibilities. Vincent says he's wasting time, that they'll kill to get him back, and he must get him out of there. Borke says he's listened, but he's not satisfied. He instructs his goons to take him downstairs, but Vincent says he's offered his help and if he doesn't want it, he's leaving. Josef points a gun at him and Borke repeats his instruction to take him downstairs. Vincent asks if it matters that he's an American citizen, and Borke says that until he learns who Sanders is and who he represents, he wants Vincent to be his guest.
After he is led away, Dr. Serret says that he's risking Vincent's life by putting him in with the alien. Borke tells her to keep an open mind for five minutes. He opens a drawer and presses the record button on a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
Vincent is led downstairs and placed in the holding cell with Sanders, who begins to ask loudly how they got him and says that they didn't get anything out of him. Vincent asks what he's talking about, and then realizes that someone is listening, as we see Borke and Serret listening to them while the tape records the conversation. Sanders continues the ruse, asking if there's a way to notify intelligence, saying it could blow the whole operation, as Vincent searches the room. He finds the recording device, ripping it out from under the mattress. Sanders says he thinks they heard enough, but Vincent says they won't believe it. Sanders tells him he'd better pray he finds a way out since he doesn't know how long his people will wait before they blow the place up, and his government will be blamed for it. He adds that he thinks he knows what will happen then.
Act IITwo police officers arrive at the embassy and are permitted entry.
A long and lonely war. And yet, the Invaders, seeking to take advantage of the differences between nations, have provided David Vincent with an ally, half a world away.
Andrew J. McIntyre