A charming and fanciful tale of the universal quest for truth in which Phides, young philosopher, sets out from his hillside learning spot in ancient Greece with an elderly philosopher to divine how he can best serve mankind. In Corinth, after meeting beautiful blonde whose guardian says that he must go out and find gold before he can in her, he meets and sets forth with a foolish sailor to search for the sailor's father pollo. Together, the two voyage for many years and to many countries, undergoing involvement in political battles, tyrannies, imprisonment, and the stupidity of conventions. Finally when confronted with the possibility of restoring sight to the blind god wealth, Phides is told by poverty that it is she who keeps men at work and from self-restruction and who is ever triumphant as long as man distrusts his fellows. The blonde is of course now old and disillusioned... Often mixing fact with fancy, Cobey's naivete of style and the depth of subject work at advantageous cross-purposes present these ""plain home questions"" with humor.