Twenty-three-year-old psych graduate student Margharita Louverture is reading her textbook on a bench in Washington Square Park when she realizes she left her cigarettes at home. She spots a dignified old man walking a dog and asks for a smoke. Little does she know that meeting Andreas Bathory in the park ignites a flame that will burn them both.
A liaison between Margharita and Andreas unfolds, and repressed psychological longings and denied spiritual agendas are revealed. A bond is created that goes beyond conventionality, as they see in the other a guide out of their inner labyrinths. It becomes obvious their souls are cursed. Restoration is only possible if they delve deeper and deeper into their murky hearts.
The relationship becomes a journey into Hell, but at the end of the path they reach an exit, a longed for denouement. In this incendiary emotional cliffhanger, an impassionate, combustible woman meets an arsonist of the heart and shares a flaming encounter. After the blaze is extinguished, redemption rises from the ashes.