Patrick is a loving husband and father, but when his parents come to stay one summer, he is desperate to escape the memories they provoke. Their departure leaves him exhausted and overwhelmed. The last thing he remembers is strapping his baby son into his car seat, ready to drop him off at the child minder on the way to work. Five years later, in a village in south-west France, an Englishwoman meets a withdrawn man who calls himself Patrice. He has no wife, no child, and he refuses to get inside a car. Leonie is certain that love will heal his emotional wounds, but Patrice cannot escape the ghosts of his past. When Leonie eventually discovers his incomprehensible act of forgetfulness, will she forgive him? And is it ever too late to change?