Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is equal only to the unerring obesessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He’s never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend – a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era. The day he turns sixty three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who requests him to handle the discharge of some family works of art. When he arrives at the agreed time for an inspection, however, she doesn’t come, nor is she present during inventory activities or the transport and restoration of the pieces. More than once Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess but the mysterious woman, who lives immersed in her own world of obsession, always manages to convince him to continue. Thus the old antiques dealer embarks on an unpredictable experience. Robert is the one to guide him, step-by-step, in how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world, engaging Virgil in an enigmatic game of chess in which the antiques dealer soon finds himself in the middle of a passion that will change his grey existence forever.