Jonathan Noel is a security guard that lives a perfectly ordered life in Paris. His life has been so uneventful that a thunderstorm is remembered as an occasion when things went awry. Just when he is about to buy his apartment, as he had planned for some time, things changed. The purchase was an attempt to ensure the mundane rhythms of his life were without interruption. “That was the state of things when, in August 1984, on Friday morning, the affair with the pigeon occurred.” The pigeon nests in the doorway of his apartment and intrudes on his life, causing mess and chaos. Noel is thrust into an existential calamity as his perfectly ordered existence is no longer under his control.