Except for his old servant Miss Agda who he treats practically like a surrogate non-romantic spouse, bereft seventy-multi year old Dr. Isak Borg, a previous restorative specialist and educator, has withdrawn from any human contact, mostly his own need however halfway the choice of other people who would prefer not to invest energy with him on account of his chilly mien. He is going from his home in Stockholm to Lund to acknowledge a privileged degree.
Rather than flying similar to the first arrangement, he chooses to take the day lengthy drive. Curious to see what happens is his little girl in-law Marianne, who had been remaining with him for the month however has now chosen to return home. The numerous stops and experiences en route cause him to think back about different pieces of his life. Those stops which cause him to think back legitimately are at his youth summer home, at the home of his similarly genuinely chilly mother, and at a service station where the orderlies acclaim him as a man for his work.