Farid is a reformed islamist, Charles is a French diplomat. The action takes place in and around Cairo. Farid is prepared to hand over to the French authorities a list of terrorists operating on French soil, on the condition that his friend be freed from a French prison. It is not a pact, but a trade. A tension develops between Charles and Farid, not love, but an irresistible attraction. Charles’s wife, Juliette, is devastated – she has never felt so jealous. Farid seduces Charles out of habit, and dares him to give in. History is stronger than them.