This is the story of two men, Bernard Duplomb, and Jean Paul Lefebvre, who meet after a lifetime apart. Sixty years on, they are strangers, but with something in common; a shared past, where they were part of a series of events, the consequences of which have remained unresolved for more than half a century.
For Bernard, retirement is a disaster. Robbed of his work, which filled his days and occupied his mind, his thoughts turn inevitably to his childhood, and a series of disturbing memories, long suppressed. Slipping blindly into his sixties, Bernard gradually becomes more depressive, remote and insular, with alcohol as his principal companion. Thus, his marriage to Agnes finally crumbles, and she throws him out.
Alone, homeless, floundering in despair, Bernard's instincts lead him back to the only other place he had called home; the isolated farm, deep in the Limousin countryside, where he had lived, with his parents, until the age of five.
Here, alone and unloved, Bernard considers the prospect of ending his fruitless existence.
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