* In The International Stud, set in 1971, Arnold meets Ed and they fall in
love. Ed, however, is uncomfortable with his bisexuality; he leaves Arnold
for a girlfriend, whom he subsequently marries.
* Fugue in a Nursery begins at Christmas 1973, when Arnold meets the
love of his life, Alan, a model. They settle down together, later spending
a weekend with Ed and his wife, where their relationship is tested but
endures. Eventually, they arrange to adopt a child together. At the end
of the act, however, Alan is killed in a homophobic attack.
* Widows and Children First! is set in the spring of 1980. Arnold's
mother comes to visit from Florida and, after disapproving of Arnold's
homosexuality and adoption of a gay teenage son (David), as well as Arnold's
use of a family burial plot for Alan, they have a series of arguments where
Arnold demands that she accept him for who he is. The following morning,
before she returns to Florida, they have a conversation where, for the first
time, they seem to understand each other.