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Therese, a Frenchwoman in her mid-thirties, returns to a girls' boarding school she attended years before. As she walks among the empty buildings, closed for the summer vaction, she recalls the events that took place there so long ago: While a young girl, she is sent to the school following her mother's remarriage to a businessman who is uninterested in children. Although her first days are lonely ones, Therese eventually finds solace in the company of Isabelle, a schoolmate as unhappy as herself. Despite the fact that neither girl seems to evince the usual interest in boys, they do occasionally date. One weekend, when Isabelle is visiting her parents, Therese goes out with a local boy, Pierre, and succumbs to his passionate and somewhat brutal lovemaking. This unpleasant experience only increases Therese's need for Isabelle, who has returned from her parents' home in a similar state of anxiety. In time the mutual dependence of the two girls leads to love, both emotional and physical. En route to visit a doctor in Paris, they rent a room in a hotel patronized by prostitutes, but Therese is repulsed by the sordid atmosphere and the noises coming from neighboring rooms, and they leave without fulfilling their purpose. That night they make love on the school grounds, but their affair ends abruptly the following morning when Isabelle's mother suddenly and inexplicably removes her daughter from the school . Therese remains haunted by the memory of the lover she has never seen again, and she turns from the old school and walks slowly back to the car where her fiancé is waiting.