At present there remain fourteen inhabitants in Aldealseñor, a village which lies in the barren uplands of Soria. They represent the final generation of a people after more than a thousand years of uninterrupted life in the town. The neighbors from this village and the work of the painter, Pello Azketa, share something in common. For both, things have begun to disappear before their eyes. The narrator returns to her origins and witnesses this relentless evaporation of life while she tries to retrieve those first impressions of her world, her own childhood.