'When a man can't sleep any more, any sleep is a good sleep, and this one turned out to be something like a coma, and filled with you, Yukiko, only you.'
An Australian novelist is living in an arts community in Paris, trying to write. He is mourning the death of the love of his life, Kiko. Still drowning in grief, one day he is harassed by a beggar, who claims to be a famous American writer, Sonny Lee. As his life is penetrated by Sonny it begins to unravel. Soon the novelist encounters Zoya, a mute Russian girl with whom he makes love, and in turn she introduces him to Les Belles Endormies - a place where, after drinking a potent green tea, clients fall asleep and experience hallucinogenic dreams about episodes in their past. In the meantime the death of a friend brings the novelist into contact with Emilie, and slowly love begins to seem possible to him again.