Introduces the philosopher Plato and his great work, the "Republic." Talks about the world in which Plato grew up and his meeting with Socrates. Considers the action, story, and content of the "Republic," and the trial and death of Socrates. Looks at the social structure of Plato's "Republic," the first utopia in western literature. Considers whether the founders of the American republic were inspired by ideas in Plato's work. Notes how the questions posed by Plato in his book address conflicts people still struggle with today.