CEM was a high school in the mid-eighties Istanbul as many others when his pharmacist father is arrested by the government and tortured by the police because of him's political attacks. You will never return home. To help her mother's mother go to work in a bookstore: it's here, among novels and writers who come to find the library master, who cem will start to dream of becoming a writer. You will always remain with this desire, with this hunger in stories, even if life has in store else for him: when the library closes, she cems becomes the apprentice of Mastro Mahmut, a well-built manufacturer. A deep bond is established between master and student, and the boy feels that he has found that father who has long lost in Mahmut. Mahmut and the firm of him have a new job: digging a well in a country around Istanbul. And it is there that CEM will meet the red-haired actress. He will start spying as he is on stage, indifferent to the tragedy to which he is witnessing, concentrated only on her, and then in her home where he lives with her husband, on the street. Until the erotic obsession with this woman's bigger woman will turn into a single, crazy, unforgettable sex. CEM could not be happier: he does not know that the life of him will change forever and that destiny has already begun to weave the complicated, cruel, unpredictable texture of him. With the history of CEM, staff and universal at the same time, Orhan Pamuk questions the literary foundations of Western and Eastern civilization, intertwining the Oedipus king of Sophocles with the Rostam and Sohrab of Ferdowsi to write his most surprising and fulminant novel.