Andrea Mann, an avid fan of the French Symbolist poet, Arthur Rimbaud, visits his home town of Charleville to recover from the breakup of a long-term affair.
Andrea meets an attractive youth who believes he is a reincarnation of Rimbaud, and through him becomes embroiled in a manipulative relationship with a man known only as Albert.
Albert, a Magician and Trickster, claims to have discovered the lost manuscript of Rimbaud’s long prose poem, La Chasse Spirituelle.
Through Albert's trickery and mind games Andrea is drawn into an hallucinatory world where she no longer knows what is real and what is not.
Interwoven with this main narrative is an account of the lost manuscript’s whereabouts from its creation to the present day. Told through diaries, letters, blogs and other devices, this includes the story of the explosive love affair of the poets, Rimbaud and Verlaine, and an account of how the poem was originally misplaced.