A young deserter from the Algerian war, arrives in a lakeside holiday resort town near the Swiss border. He takes on the name of Victor to avoid detection. While hanging around in the town he meets the the beautiful Yvonne, and her friend, Dr Rene Meinthe, a flamboyant homosexual. Victor and Yvonne fall in love and take a hotel room together, whiling away their time making love and reading poetry. When Yvonne and Dr Rene enter a competition - and thanks to Yvonne's flirting with a young guest juror and Dr Rene's big American car, they end up winning - Victor makes plans to take Yvonne to Hollywood but is left waiting at the station.