Caile narrates the story of a man who comes to terms with the political and social apathy of his time. Disillusioned with life, he begins analysing the circumstances that led him to the present crisis, in order to understand himself.
One morning, after wandering aimlessly along paths that climb up the mountains of his home town, he finally comes upon the ruins of a hamlet that is significant to him. It had been the home of his ancestors, protagonists of extraordinary events.
Looking at the shape of what had been the threshold of his grandmother’s first home, he begins a journey through space and time, recalling the amazing stories that his mother had told him since his childhood. He then tries to compare past and present in an attempt to comprehend human nature and, consequently, himself. The results of this introspective investigation are found in the last chapter.