History teacher Paul de Wit, a forty-year-old man, is having a hard time. He is married, has a solid job, but has started to dislike everything in his life. He and hi wife have grown apart over the years and he gets little to no satisfaction from his work as a teacher. For years he's been working on book on the flight of King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. When Louis and his wife reached Varennes, they were detained by revolutionaries and sent back to Paris.