It's a story that begins with a violent blizzard. When successful young playwright Bertrand Valade encounters Eva for the first time, she is squatting in the mountain-top chalet where he has come to write in peace. He is smitten, but in making an advance upon this indifferent beauty, Bertrand gets a blow to his head with an ashtray for his trouble! But who is this mystery woman Eva? Is she, as they used to say, a woman of ill repute? Whatever the truth, as Bernard becomes possessed by hatred of this woman to whom he has given his body and soul, the hidden demons of his own past rise to the surface...