The story begins at a baseball game, where Reuven gets his first interaction with his soon to be friend Danny Saunders. They seem to hate each other when they first interact, but due to the reference Reuven made at the beginning of the story, this hatred actually foreshadows the future friendship between the 2 boys.
Danny and Reuven become friends after the injury. Later Danny later reveals that he has struggles between his family and religious obligations, and how he wants to be a philosopher instead of keeping the family throne, which is ironic towards Reuven's situation since he wants to be a priest, but his father wants him to be a mathematician.
After Reuven's 3rd pitch to danny, Danny strikes at it and instead of ducking like Danny wanted, Reuven attempted to catch the ball. Instead of catching it, however, it bounced off his glove, shattered his left eye glasses lens, and sent a glass shard into his eye.
Using Reuven as a buffer through whom he can speak to his son, Reb Saunders confronts Danny. He asks his son about his plans and explains his reasons for treating Danny with silence for so many years.
After Reb Saunders issues his approval of Danny’s plans for psychology, Danny and Reuven leave and walk together in silence. The metaphor of silence has been used a lot out in The Chosen, but this time it is the most important time used.
Reuven and Danny graduate from Hirsch College, and Danny goes on to graduate school at Columbia University. Reuven says farewell to Danny.