Professor Arthur Symes teaches behavioral science at a non-spectacular boy's school in Britain. His specialty is sheep and he tends to lump his students and his subject in the same category. In fact he's about to get sacked since there's a notable disparity between his ""original"" lectures and student appreciation. But Professor Symes is, indeed, an ""original"" thinker and dreams up a magnificent scheme. He informs the press that he will deliver a remarkable lecture on the ""Behavior of Sheep in Stress Situations"" and then cancels because of a supposed ""security blackout."" Naturally this excites all kinds of attention and Symes is sought out by an American industrial company launching ""Operation Oddball"" (let's put the nuts together and see if they come up with something brilliant). Symes qualifies. So he is brought to the U.S. where the ""digs"" are splended, the girls accommodating and he can give free rein to free thought. But then he is asked to come up with something specific... Clever nonsense that rates an academic wink and that's about all.