The three stories in this book were made from memories. Two happen in the peak of the ballad, the third one after the fall in a historical abyss. "Each story begins with a similar scene: the same man and woman have lunch in a Havana restaurant on a rainy Friday afternoon. The relationship to each other and to their country is exposed through their thoughts and conversations, with the last story revealing the most about the collection's themes and the pontificating protagonist."--Publishers Weekly. The stories mirror each other and the metaphor connecting the stories is music.