In an airport terminal, the Controller sits in her tower, observing a Refugee who has been living there for weeks. People start to arrive for their flights: a married couple, Bill and Tina, are going on holiday to rediscover romance; the Older Woman is meeting a young man whom she met on holiday; the Steward and Stewardess go about their business— some of the time. Another couple arrives, almost late for their flight to Minsk, Belarus to emigrate; the Minskwoman is pregnant. At the last moment, she refuses to board the plane and the Minskman leaves without her. The Refugee offers her a magic stone to comfort her. The travelers are preparing to depart when the Controller announces that, because of storms, flights are indefinitely delayed.
That night, a storm rages. Everyone tries to sleep—either in pairs or alone—and each secretly approaches the Refugee, fascinated by his magic stone. He gives them all what each thinks is a unique stone and they make wishes. Bill is restless and seeks out the Stewardess, but finds the Steward instead: they go off to explore the control tower. The women and the Refugee decide to get drunk, and, as they become more garrulous, the women discover that each of them has ‘the’ stone. They vent their anger, with dire consequences for the Refugee. The consequences of Bill and the Steward’s explorations are no less cataclysmic.
Flights resume the next morning. The Minskman returns, unable to face his separation. Bill and the Steward have a surprise for their partners. Tina has a nasty surprise for Bill. The Refugee has a surprise for the women. The Minskwoman has a surprise for everyone. When the Refugee tells his story, even the Immigration Officer has a surprising reaction. Flights are announced and under the Controller’s watchful eye, the airport returns to normal…