In a foggy twilight landscape of late-Impressionist gloom, a mother and her son live in a mansion forgotten by time. Ruben, the son, is blind, but still remembers when he could see. He is a fierce, wild young man who rages at the world. Hoping to calm his tormented soul, his mother hires Marie to read for him, a mysterious woman who does not like to be seen. With patience and authority, she gradually tames Ruben with the gentle power of her voice, giving rise to images of crystalline clarity in his mind. Ruben falls in love with Marie, imagining her to be as young and beautiful as the voice he hears. But Marie is neither young nor beautiful: she is a good decade older than Ruben and bears the scars of a horrible childhood tragedy on her body. Having withdrawn into herself, she has chosen books over life, the beauty of the written page over the beauty she will never find in the mirror. But when the doctor says that Ruben can be operated and will be able to see again, fear takes over. Will Ruben reject Marie, or is true love really blind?