Jake is in Northern California, he is at a park with a pond. This story takes place in 1952, it is springtime, April to be exact. He is walking across the rocks to talk to a woman named Barbara, who is his good friend, on the other side of the pond. He finally makes it across to see is friend, so they can hang out for the afternoon at the park. The park is not very busy today, so there aren't a lot of people nearby. The weather is nice and warm, no rain today. Jake is very excited to talk with his friend, whom he hasn't seen in 3 or 4 years because he has been in the Navy. We can hear the birds chirping, water hitting the bridge, dogs playing and barking. After reuniting, they really hit it off and eventually get married and have 3 beautiful children.