The bookseller Samuel can not sell any books in Iron City despite the support from Serge, a publicist unhappy with his job, and from Mr. Edward, pub owner and former writer, persecuted by a military dictatorship in the past and despised by the communists. After the arrival of the young writer Lygia and with help from the mysterious Simone, Samuel can have his bookstore's prestige back, bringing back to life the culture of his city.