The "Old Man in the Cave" has protected a group of people for ten years. When armed soldiers arrive and take over, Mr. Goldsmith pleads with them to listen to the old man and not eat food that is contaminated. He is ignored and the townspeople storm the cave and discover the old man is just a computer. Enraged, they destroy the computer. Later they pay for this: the food was contaminated, and all but Goldsmith die.