It's the time of Victor Hugo. Surveyor and anarchist on-the-run, Patrice, is a 24 yr old with a false identity. He meets Simone, 36, a Pyrenees mine owner, in Gothic Lectoure. As their liaison develops, Patrice is caught in her erotic web, struggling to discover her mysterious connections to Paris and Napoleon III's government. When threatening forces arise, they form an unlikely alliance.