The story takes place on board a ship bound for Europe. A young man on the verge of becoming a priest, shares a cabin with a psychoanalyst. The incidents of the book take place amid the events created by the doctor who induces the young man to take a test before his final vows. The test, the result of which would be of utmost importance to his future life, consists of meeting a young girl on board thereby producing the impasse of love versus his priestly vocation. The daily events on the ship, the search for the girl and the romance that follows will complete, together with the scenes of tourism in European ports, a string of suggestive episodes that will grip the reader from the very first pages.