Smith is a story about a week in the life of an itinerant yardman and a retired teacher. The yardman brings Buddhist quotes to Kate. The quotes help Kate with her transition from teacher to something else. Together they complete tasks in Kate’s garden and explore the possible meanings of quotes from the Tao Te Ching—the writings of Lao Tzu.
Almost by accident, Kate becomes caught up in a school in the making in South America. She is revitalized with the prospect of playing a part in the establishment of a tiny school in Ecuador.
At the end of the week, Smith is on his way again, and Kate is able to say goodbye with a smile. Life goes on.