The story unfolds gradually through an exchange of letters between Aki and Yasuaki, a former married couple who, ten years after their divorce, meet by chance at a mountain resort. The events leading to their separation, as well as their respective struggles during the intervening years, are chronicled through a correspondence initiated by Aki. Two years into their marriage, Yasuaki was involved in a love suicide with Yukako, an old acquaintance from his teenage years, but Yasuaki survived. In addition to the choices and circumstances leading up to the suicide attempt, his letters reveal the downward course of his life after his separation from Aki.
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