Henri is a simple farm boy who has joined the army during the napoleonic wars. He gets a job as a cook and eventually becomes the personal chef to his idol, Napoleon. However, Henri experiences combat during Napoleon's brutal russian campgain. It is in Russia that Henri meets Villenelle, a young woman from Venice with webbed feet, whose husband sold her to the french army as a prositute. He also meets Partick, an priest excommunicated for watching young women undress. Together these three desert the army and make a journey across europe to their homes. But when the journey is over they must confront problems from their past, Villenelle's husband, as well as her old lover, and a chef Henri had offeneded years earlier who still looks for revenge.
This report prepared by fran laniado