After many years, Θ returns in her long-time abandoned family home in a distant mountain village, determined to settle there after her recent separation with her husband. However, a big surprise awaits her there: the house is inhabited, occupied by strangers; a family consisting of a young couple and their three children. After recovering from her initial shock, she imperatively asks the couple to leave. They refuse. The owner realizes that these foreigners have put down strong roots in that village; they have developed ties, have found protectors. Everyone, even the local police officer, would stand by their side, willing to defend them. The new tenants have read letters, seen photos and chatted with the other villagers. Θ realizes, almost with terror, that these strangers know almost everything, about both her and her relatives. She proposes that they stay for a while and offer their work in exchange for shelter. Before long, the roles are reversed. Not only is the strangers’ presence imposed upon her, but it becomes necessary; she would now do anything to keep them there forever.
Throughout the play, the children remain invisible - shut in their room. So do the villagers, who have allied with the squatters and observe everything hidden outside, behind the fence. They are never seen but, like Θ, we constantly hear them whispering and feel their gaze.