A young, unemployed man, Simion, believes the answer to his problems is to learn to play the tuba. However, his plan fails and he contemplaits suicide. His neighbour, Alexander Peters, decides to make money from Simion's misery by exploiting his intended suicide to several bidders. These bidders planned to exploit Simion's death to the futherence of their own individual cause. The Intelligencia, represented by Aristarch, is the first to approach him. From this point on, Simion finds himself being manipulated by various people representing the business world, the arts, the workers, romance, etc. During the course of the play, each character reveals the worst side of their personality, to humorous effect.