A twenty year old Anouk Aimée stars as Albertine, the daughter of a bourgeois couple who house a young officer during the Napoleonic wars. Newly promoted, the officer is quartered by a dull bourgeois couple who treat him with a cold politeness bordering on indifference.
Vince arranges to meet Chi Chi, who he is having an illicit affair with. But she is killed in an accident. Vince’s sister fails in a suicide attempt but dies by electrocution as fog descends on the town, after a storm in which Vince is killed.