Janette is an American woman from Boston who is living in Paris. In her late thirties, cultured and adorably obsessive, she self-exiled to escape from her past and to find something different in life. She has no intention of returning to her home country without overcoming the crippling shyness which holds her back in life.
One rainy autumn day, Janette trips into the arms of a man who saves her from hurting herself. When she recovers, she finds herself face to face with a man who reminds her of what she has always been craving. Handsome, tall, impressive, well-groomed, chivalrous and mysterious, he introduces himself as Gerald.
This acquaintance leads her into unprecedented and dangerous situations and experiences. The stranger reveals a controversial past.
Gerald leads God-fearing Janette down an insane pathway which results in her almost prostituting herself. Nevertheless, while at first glance she sins only to save the life of the man she loves, she later worries she might have acquired a liking for sexual depravity. Janette struggles against Gerald when he steals a famous painting from a magnificent mobster, and again when he asks her to abort her unborn baby. However, at the end of their journey through hell, the two protagonists discover that they are made for each other, thanks to the help of a homeless philosopher and a car with a soul of its own.
The story is character-driven and has cinematographic structure. Add to that an uncanny religiousness spiced up with an all-pervasive eroticism.