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Annie, a Parisian teenager, is faced with the reality of death for the first time when her beloved Aunt Zita suffers a severe stroke. She leaves her home, where she has helped to nurse her aunt, and wanders through the city streets. At a club she is attracted to Simon, a jazz bassist who is preoccupied with racing his model car around the club track. She meets Boni, a farmer who buys her food and fashions bread animals, and James, a black militant Marxist classmate, but she becomes bored with them and leaves the club. In the street she sees a poor Spaniard killing a cat for food and is arrested with him. Bernard, her family doctor, obtains her release and sets out to distract her, but as they drive through the city they collide with a van in which Boni and James are riding. Boni's prize ram escapes and leads a chase. The group returns to the club, but Bernard learns that Zita has died and leaves without telling Annie. Boni drives Annie home and in vain proposes marriage; unready to go back into her house, Annie returns to the club. She again meets Simon, and eventually, they drive together to visit Zita's home in the country. Back at his Paris apartment [at the country home, according to one source], they make love, and Annie has flashbacks of her childhood in the country with Zita. The next morning, fortified by her experiences, Annie is able to face the fact of Zita's death.