A few people refuse to evacuate the flaming neighbourhood. Each one of them is seeking something - or someone - and losing part of their humanity by wandering in the streets of Lisbon. But then comes Juvénal, inhabitant of Lisbon, who is too polite to be honest.
This mysterious and disturbing man has such an influence upon his "friends" that he is able to force them into confessing the profound and even unconscious reasons of this sudden clandestineness.
François Vallejo delightfully describes how a certain savagery takes over his heroes, how hunger, thirst and fear alter their identity, reveal them. The "crescendo" is set by the day’s light in which they can see each other, and the darkness of night - total darkness, since there is no electricity - in which.