Max Greenberg is 69 years old. He has forgotten his life.
Max stands in the room where the family pictures are kept, confused by the photographs of himself, his wife, and other relatives.
Max suffers from irrational fears, including the fear that his wife, Bert, will leave him. When this happens she holds him close and comforts him like a child.
Bert: "I used to work with him with a calendar every night. Then it got too stressful for him, so the hell with that, can't do that to him. So that's why you see him swishing around with paint, with the crayons—to relieve that stress."
When there is no one to sit at home with Max, Bert gets him dressed and takes him along on shopping trips. These outing can be especially stressful for Max because of the unfamiliar surroundings.
Bert takes Max into the bathroom every morning and helps him shave and brush his teeth. Often, when he sees himself in the mirror, Max becomes alarmed thinking there is a stranger in the room.
"I'm in trouble. I think I'm crazy. I don't know what to do. I'm sick. I can't take care of myself. There's a pain inside my head. Mommy, Mommy"
Max's daughter, Fern, has fallen asleep while she keeps her father company while her mother is out running errands. Max sits for hours beside the bedroom window waiting for Bert to return.
Max won't take a nap without his wife nearby. If she leaves the room, he gets up and follows.
"What's my name?"
"Bert.""And I am your? What am I to you?"
"You're my, you're my wife."
"That's right. And your name is?"
"Uh huh. Very Good. And you are my...?"
(he sings) "Sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away."