A fraternal relationship so strong that the narrator accompanies his brother permanently few months of blood disease that will prevail is the quasi camera of this novel. Parents are almost erased, the companion of Thomas, brother, walks away, her partner does not understand and the couple is apart. Thomas and Lucien remains alone the narrator. Only in the hospital, only to the island of Ré, in the home of their childhood. In the background, aggressive therapy against which nobody really protests and pushes towards death more than the disease itself. The denier months in Saint Clement whales is the "rich" undoubtedly rich in memories, their own but also those of an old sailor. It's beautiful and moving.