When he is found, the child is barely covered by a few leaves, a body hastily hidden in the forest. Inspector Filem Perry is tasked with finding out what happened to this kid, whom no one seems to know or look for. The only clue is a small music box found in a pocket. As he tries to unravel the threads of this case, his investigation leads him to the heir to an industrial empire, an army deserter who has tasted too much violence, and a candid young girl who has fallen in love with the wrong guy... Through them, family secrets, troubled friendships, heartbreaking loves and the exceptional destiny of Arkan Neria, the patriarch who reigns in the shadows and who, from the cotton fields to the cabarets of Caréna, was in turn a jockey, a docker, a boxer or an aviator. All these intertwined lives will become pieces in the puzzle that Filem Perry will have to put together.
With this police fresco with a powerful novelistic breath, Lionel Destremau takes us into a literary universe with a striking atmosphere, guiding us from one character to another in the murky ramifications of a mosaic plot.