When Jeanne (Chemla) returns to her family home after leaving school, she spends idyllic days with her mother and father (Moreau and Darroussin). When handsome Viscount Julien de Lamare (Arlaud) asks for her hand, the young baroness imagines her future to be bright and prosperous. However, as winter comes, Jeanne realises that her husband is cruel, frosty and foreboding.