In the seacoast town of Boulogne, HĂ©lĂ¨ne sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard, who's back from military duty in Algiers. An old lover of HĂ©lĂ¨ne's comes to visit - Alphonse - with his niece FranĂ§oise; he too is back from Algiers, where he ran a cafĂ©. Bernard speaks of his fiancĂ©e, Muriel, whom HĂ©lĂ¨ne has not met. The narrative, like memory and intention, is jumpy, the past obscured by guilt, misperceptions, and missed possibilities. Appearances deceive, things change. As HĂ©lĂ¨ne and Alphonse try to sort out a renewal, everyone seems off-kilter just enough to hint that all cannot end well. Can anyone know another?