A light-hearted, sharp-eyed little farce holds the mirror up to diplomatic life in Bern, Switzerland, the last possible place to expect difficulties between East and West. It all started when ""new look"" Ivan Petrov decided, on May Day, to take a solitary stroll to look at the bears. Through a relay of unforeseen circumstances, he discovers that there is a house in nearby Dex claimed to be that of Lenin's. He alerts his embassy, which is already aware and embarrassed. Meanwhile, Ivan's opposite number at the American embassy, Parker Atherton III, moves into the Lenin house with his wife Bliss, buying it lock, stock and Lenin's desk. The Russians have the house bugged, the Athertons discover. Comrate Popov's fondness for agitation is permitted to hold away until an old diplomatic hand, Ambassador Granov, is imported. He is a longtime acquaintance of American Ambassador Evans, another exceptional individual who has been given the Swiss post to keep him out of trouble, and the pros demolish the spun sugar structure of the incident. The July 4 denouement indicates that indeed there might have been Lenin papers in the house, but they go up in somke in a fitting farewell to a knowing, good humored divertissement.