Life no longer has any meaning for Dr. Zisowski. He’s in his late 40s and starts drinking in the morning, trying to escape the ghosts of his past. Marie is a single mother with two children who moves in next door to the Professor. She quickly begins to take an interest in the unapproachable neighbour. In the beginning, Dr. Zisowski rejects any attempt of her to approach him. As time goes on, he develops the desire to fill his inner emptiness with Marie and the children. In doing so, his past and reality merge.