From the introduction:
In a small café on Montmartre [Paris], a group of people meet day after day at the turn of the 19th century. With their individual rules, conflicts, fears, assumptions and commitments, they play through the same routines again and again. It is as if their lives are frozen in one atonal, unstable harmony seeking redemption, but unable to find peace.
Game play assumes some familiarity with the period, politics, and locale of the setting - sufficient background information is provided in the game document.