At a military facility, staff members watch Professor Putnam go through a routine of taking care of an invisible girl. The staff members explain to an Air Force pilot, Tom Burke, that Putnam lost his daughter Jenny in a hit-and-run accident six months ago, and the driver was never identified. Since then, he has been acting strangely. Colonel Hawes, the man in charge, explains that Putnam has sympathy for the afflicted, and figures that he’ll sympathize with Burke, who has an aluminum leg due to an ejection seat accident. Putnam doesn’t trust anyone on the staff. Burke demands to know what he's doing, and the colonel explains that Putnam was working on a top-secret project involving the safety of the country. Since Jenny died, Putnam has stopped working and insists he doesn't want to work at the base because it's the wrong place to raise a young girl. They want Burke to not only protect Putnam, but become his friend and keep him happy...Read the full recap
Host: Our next painting on Night Gallery tells the story of an illusion. An invisible specter, which guides and motivates and drives. And though you'll never see her, this childish wraith, you'll know she's there. And we venture to suggest that you'll be chilled by the knowledge. Our painting is called Little Girl Lost.
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