In 1948 14 year-old François is schooled at the military school of Aix-en-Provence. Initially, he is very withdrawn and fascinated by boxing. He was played rugby but, since his friend died, he no longer wants to play this sport. With perseverance, he manages to be better accepted by his boss who invites him for a weekend at home because he knows that François does not return to his parents, since he is an orphan. He then meets Lena, the wife of his chief, and their little girl. Very quickly, he falls in love with her and this love is reciprocal. She finds in him a tenderness that her husband does not give her, even violent with her. He will return regularly to his boss and start boxing again. He will meet Galene during his training, a new recruit in his section. Galene hates violence, boxing and so on. He encourages Francis to write his sentences, his life rather than romping on a bag, or worse, on someone. Galena will show him that he will grow more by writing than using violence. ...