Sitting in a chic Parisian café in 1978, Dawit, a young and attractive Ethiopian refugee, spots the famous French author M. At sixty she is at the height of her fame, elegant and striking. Dawit, the educated son of wealthy parents, fled his country in the wake of civil and military unrest. Now he lives in squalor, his talents unrecognized as he roams the streets of Paris until this chance encounter changes his life. M. invites Dawit into her home, and it is there that he comes to know all about her life, her work, and her desires. Soon, he is accompanying M. to her Sardinian villa, beside Cala di Volpe—the Bay of Foxes—where Dawit finds love, temptation and perfects the art of deception.