A concentration camp survivor discovers that her former torturer and lover is now working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna when she and her husband check in at the hotel. When her husband goes to the next city in their itinerary, she resumes her sadomasochistic love affair with her torturer.
At first, it seems to be a classic case of a wife getting seduced by her husband’s young, handsome friend. But it turns out to be the husband’s idea all along, so that the wife fucking his friend will lead to her fucking more people while the husband watches her through a one-way mirror.
Ottavia is left completely alone this summer, but not for long. Walter, who is to change her entire life, now come into it. He is very young, very good looking and cruel.