A truck driver and a woman of about 50 years old live in a basement, cramped apartment with a view to the building’s lightwell. Their passionate love allows them to daydream and make plans for a better life, away from their current misery. Unfortunately for them, that dream is undermined by a guilty secret that the man tries to hide and the woman struggles to reveal; the man’s troubled young child that is locked in a room of the apartment and whose cries are heard from time to time.
The woman strongly suspects that the child she agreed to keep in her house is the result of her husband’s relationship with his daughter - who is expected home tonight to speak. She puts pressure on the guy to admit the truth but he remains evasive, but the daughter’s arrival complicates things and puts man in a state of utter despair.
The daughter reveals that she was forced to have sex and accuses her father who denies the accusations, while his wife struggles between her love for her husband and her anger for his actions – emotions that become complicated and extreme when she discovers that when the man went in the next room to calm the child he actually smothered it. The gradual descent into the hell that is the truth accentuates the stalemate and drives husband and wife to paranoia. It’s all over; all three of them are at the bottom of a garbage can, rotted garbage of life. The woman mourns, starting a dance of desperate redemption, while the man appears delirious, screaming for help. A little further, the daughter is inflicting self-harm and rips her clothes.
The audience’s judgment and its final verdict are the primary demands of the play.