Scene 1- Justin enters early in the morning with his cup of coffee, he hears a noise and grabs a shotgun and aims it off stage, he shoots and exits, moments later he enters with the bloody corpse of a doe. He lays it on the porch and starts to gut it but his hand is shaking.
Scene 2- It’s later at night, there has been a party at the house that is starting to die down. Justin enters and sees there is still some blood where the doe was and starts to clear it up. Emily, who walks with a cane, comes out on the porch. She talks how she is finding the party overwhelming but is happy to be out, she has been sick and isolated for a while. She decides to go inside with the help of Justin while she waits for her mom, Gina, to pick her up. They cross paths with Kevin as he is coming out. He has a bottle of Whisky.
As he is staggering around the yard Teresa enters. It is clear that they have history, Kevin feels lost in life and that he is succumbing to moral corruption like pornography. He thinks having a girlfriend will make things better, hoping that it may be Teresa. Teresa talks about her time in Brooklyn being a conservative in a liberal hotspot. She mentions that she does cocaine. She also is convinced that there is a war coming and tells Kevin that he needs to not be weak. He wants to know what she means by war as Emily re-enters, she talks about her mom’s inauguration as the president of the university. She got mad at her mom who publicly asked her to say her liberal friend was a bad person. Emily doesn't see the world as black and white as that. Kevin talks about Teresa, who has exited, and tells Emily about how Teresa was almost kicked out of school because she slept with someone. Kevin talks about his struggles saying that he wishes all the things of the secular world, (phones, astrology, pornography and orgies) would just blow up so that some truth would arise from it. At this point Justin reenters, he mentions that he is working on a children’s book. He recites the story about the grateful acre. Which (similar to the giving tree) is about an acre of land that has dirt, then grass, then people, then buildings, then radiation and finally a world of no people.
They start to discuss the college and their curriculum. The college has not accepted federal funding or gives student aid. Kevin thinks their curriculum is great, but that he was not prepared to live in the real world. He thinks maybe he should go to New York, to be a saint among the sinners. Justin thinks they should just stay isolated and preserve themselves and let the hedonists eat themselves alive. Kevin gets on the topic of transgender people, wanting to be part of the conversation but fees shut down on facebook when he tries. Justin brings up an argument about how those people are separating the soul from the bodies. Emily identifies as someone who is dealing with sickness in her body. Kevin goes off to pee in the woods. Emily wonders to Justin if the college really produces good people. Kevin seems so lost and Teresa seems shut off. Kevin vomits over himself. He begs them not to tell Teresa. Emily needs help going to the bathroom and Justin helps her inside. Justin comes back to take care of Kevin who is wasted. He tells Justin that he is in love with Emily and wants to take care of her. Justin tells him to not say anything that Emily can get emotional. Kevin says he wants to protect her from Justin, and doesn't want to do the same thing he did to Teresa. Justin was the boy that slept with Teresa. Justin says that he deserved his forgiveness and second chance.
Teresa comes back out. Kevin awkwardly grabs the two in a group hug where, unseen by Kevin, Teresa strokes Justin’s arms. Emily comes back out and Kevin asks Teresa to tell them more about this upcoming war. She talks about the fourth turning theory which includes a generational cycle of High, Awakening, Unraveling and Crisis. This follows into a debate with Teresa and Emily about abortion, because Emily has a friend who works at Planned Parenthood and cant believe that she is just plain bad.