Informed that he has only a short time to live, salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) decides to enjoy his last months to the fullest. He withdraws all his savings from the bank and heads to a posh hotel. Here he makes more contacts and opens more professional doors than he's ever done before, thanks to his willingness--at long last--to take risks. He also spends every penny that he's earned in life, before discovering that the doctor's diagnosis was in error, and that he's in no danger of imminent death whatsoever. An ironic ending caps this fast-paced black comedy.