Hua, a young teacher from Peking is a recent arrival in Paris. Exiled in an unknown city, she wanders between her tiny apartment and the university, drifting between former lovers and recent French acquaintances.
She meets Matthieu, a young worker who falls madly in love with her. Possessed by an insatiable desire for her body, he treats Hua like a dog. An intense affair begins, marked by Matthieu's passionate embraces and his harsh verbal abuse. Hua determines to leave her lover... and discovers the strength of her addiction, and the vital role he has come to play in her life as a woman.