Imagine a world without fresh produce, dairy products, and meat — just tasteless, odorless cakes called Soylent Red, Yellow and Green.
Thorn thinks the older man is exaggerating, but a small bag of groceries he finds at the apartment of a murdered executive quickly changes his mind. He brings the treasure home to his friend, and lays it on the table. There are two bruised apples, a withered stalk of celery, an onion, tomato, and a small cut of beef.
"Isn't it beautiful!" Sol is moved to tears. "Oh my God, how did we come to this?"
Together, the two men prepare a small feast: an appetizer of celery, followed by beef stew, and an apple each for dessert.
"I haven't eaten like this in years," says Sol.
"I never ate like this!" Thorn devours the apple, core and all, then stares, fascinated, at the stem.