The opening scene introduces George and Lydia addressing the issue of the Happylife Home’s nursery. The beginning presents the nursery as a problem thus instantly establishing a plot conflict. Technology in the exposition gives life to a obstacle to the Hadleys.
The children become overly attached to the nursery as they use it to experience a synthetically produced environment. Although the nursery offers great entertainment, the children begin to use it to create a realistic, but violent, African Veldt revealing a major change in the children’s mindset. Technology in this section of the story draws the children to develop an addiction.
George threatens to shut down the nursery, causing a tension between him and his children. Technology plays a role in destroying a parent-child relationship.
The Hadely kids turn against George Hadely. Peter then tries to convince his parents that he has not thought much about Africa. Lydia starts to believe that the room has no control and is too adapted to the African Plains scenery. The more George Hadely investigates, the more he begins to believe something is truly wrong with the room.
Wendy and Peter locks their parents into the nursery. The reader is left with questions as there are vultures were dropping down from the sky, hinting off their death.
This story leaves behind the message that technology is not always something worth having because you as the user can take advantage of its capabilities leading to a detrimental addiction.