Janek Janowiec is awaiting trial. In his cramped attic apartment in Krakow he has decided to set straight the record of his life, and yet he is wracked by the guilt and knowledge of a number of terrible secrets. What happened to his friend, the charismatic revolutionary leader, Fredzio? What exactly did his father do in the war? And where is his wife Rachel? Whith Janek himself telling the story the answers can neverreally be known and the need for secrecy seems ever more necessarywhen the voice of his dead father starts to visit him in the attic – goading and tormenting him, as he used to when Janek was a boy.