Workers in a high-powered New York business office are stranded on the 50th floor when the power fails during the East Coast blackout of 1965. A small party is begun, and truths about the career and personal ambitions of the employees begin to emerge. Saul Novick confirms his suspicions that go-getter Peter Hoyt is stealing his clients. Another worker, Jerry Arnst, disappears, and Saul goes out looking for him. Saul gets mugged, and finding the rest of the staff in a restaurant, announces his resignation.