A nine-year-old child was killed. The small body is found in the bottom of a well. An atrocious crime of which an ambulante Senegalese is accused, Abdou Thiam, who works on the beach near the grandparents' house where the child is usually playing. Nail the Senegalese clues and testimonies, but above all a photo and statements of a bartender. A procedural destiny marked: no means, it await him a hasty office defense and twenty years with abbreviated rite. But it is a destiny that clashes with that of a lawyer in crisis that he finds, in the struggle to save Abdou in a spasimous defense, a new flavor to life.