In a house by the sea of an unspecified country, which is now democratically governed again after a period of dictatorship, three people meet: lawyer Gerardo, who has just been appointed by the government as chairman of a committee to investigate torture during the dictatorship, Paulina, his wife, who was a victim of this torture, and the doctor Roberto, by whose voice Paulina believes she recognizes her torturer. The situation comes to a head when Paulina overwhelms and threatens Roberto, who denies all allegations. But is he really who she thinks he is? And is the violence against their alleged rapist justified? The Chilean author Ariel Dorfman confuses the moral feeling and the understanding of the law of his protagonists with this psychologically precisely constructed extreme situation? and he checks the audience in the theater.