Miroiu (Claude Rich) is a reserved and eccentric educator who teaches math and astronomy in a small village in Rumania. When he discovers a new star, he orders a book that will arrive at the local train station. He meets Mona (Marina Vlady), a flashy female who has just left her lover at a gambling casino after an argument. Since she boarded the train with no money, the conductor orders her off the train at the village. Miroiu offers her his home to stay in while he spends the night at the home of a fellow teacher, and though at first Mona finds Miroiu rather odd, romance eventually ensues. The next day, Mona's lover breezes into town in a luxury car to take her back to the world of bright lights and money, light years away from life in the small Rumanian village.