At the end of Ch�ri the young Ch�ri left his aging mistress L�a on the eve of his marriage. Having served in the army during the war Ch�ri returns to Paris haunted by memories of his carefree youth and the bounty of his benevolent mistress. In the post-war 1920's he finds it impossible to settle down to a new life with his efficient and entrepreneurial wife and friends.
As his looks and his reputation begin to deteriorate Ch�ri's life is thrown into crisis as he attempts to recapture the contentment and companionship of his luxurious youth. As Ch�ri and L�a confront each other, and the changes a decade has wrought on their lives and their looks, Colette displays the incredible sensitivity and insight for which she is justly famous.