In the late 19th century, a theatre company, led by Evagelia Paraskevopoulou, a prominent Greek actress, arrives in Ermoupolis, on the island of Syros, to stage a play. The actress is an old friend of a local family that has lost its wealth and prestige. The history of the Pina family, recently bereft of its youngest son, conceals loves, unvoiced passions and dark secrets. During the stay of the theatre company in the town, more details are revealed concerning both the family and Greek theatrical life. The return of a woman from the past will be the reason for the Pina family regaining all its wealth and social status. The farewell dinner, thrown in the honour of the theatre company, will signify, through a series of paradoxical events, a new beginning for almost all the book’s main characters.