A woman and a man meet again after a long time. Decades have passed during which she became an actress and he a writer, decades after they spent a youth together without ever becoming a couple. Now Osbert Brydon, son of wealthy American merchants, has returned home from Europe to wind up his childhood home. Who would he have become if he had stayed? Would Ellice Staverton have loved this stay-at-home boy? A mind game turns into a painful showdown: in the dark halls of his childhood, he encounters the one his family wanted him to become.This content has been machine translated.