The story is based on the life of the Dutch writer and poet Jan Arends.The film follows the structure of his story "A bachelor living in lodgings".
In this story a man retreats to the darkest, gloomiest and worst room he can find. In the film there are two story lines; the first is the present where it's Jan Arends himself who moves in such a room. There are flashbacks which form the second story line, where we go further back in time. At the end the two story's are coming together. In the present is Arends only leading a vegetative live, in the past we're back at the time that Arends is born.