At the beginning, main character Reuven Malter is hit in the eye with a baseball by batter Danny Saunders.
Reuven is hospitalized, and makes friends out of several other patients. Danny Saunders visits the hospital to apologize for the incident, but Reuven does not accept it. A day later Danny returns, and Reuven finally accepts his apology, and they soon become best friends.
I hope he will forgive me...
Reuven's father, David, gives a Zionist speech. Danny's father, who is an anti-Zionist, discovers this. He separates Danny and Reuven, warning them not to associate with each other any longer.
Fortunately, Danny's father later allows the kids to be friends again. He explains why he raised Danny in silence. He says he raised him this way because Danny has a brilliant mind but very little soul, so silence would be the key to make Danny understand his own suffering, and in turn understand the suffering of others.
All conflict is solved. Danny and Reuven go their separate ways to pursue their careers as a psychologist and rabbi, respectively.