Pierre, a failed writer in his forties, meets the mysterious Joseph Paskin in a casino. Influential, charismatic and manipulative, Joseph recruits Pierre to write a book calling for rebellion. But as soon as the pamphlet is published, Joseph disappears and Pierre finds himself in danger.
Ostensible puppet master is an affable white-haired gentleman named Joseph Paskin casually approaches the sullen Pierre Blum outside a French casino. Joseph pretends not to recognize the 40-ish all-but-forgotten novelist, though time will soon reveal that there are no coincidences where Paskin's character is concerned.