Antonio, a public official with a vocation not assumed for a author, travels to the Atacama Desert in quest of inspiration to put in writing a brief story. The arid and on the identical time dazzling panorama causes him great admiration. The story adjustments course when Antonio, strolling by means of the desert, fleetingly sees an individual operating away. Out of curiosity he goes to the place the place he noticed her and finds a murdered man. He’s detained by Martinez, a Chilean police officer, who forbids him to go away the nation. Within the village, he meets Florencia with whom he begins a relationship of attraction and want. What he experiences turns his writing into type and content material. Watching the petroglyphs engraved on the rocks, the scattered vestiges of the previous, the types of lovely and inhospitable nature, the imposing volcanoes, “so calm on the skin, boiling inside,” Antonio lastly comes to know the motives of crime. A painful private investigation involving the younger Chilean with whom she relates, her lover and inspirer of her novel, and the Chilean police. The lived crossing makes him a acutely aware author of the facility of reminiscence, of creativeness within the means of creation, and of the drive of historical past.