Mint lives in the attic of a rooming-house in London. Unable to use his legs, Mint is forced to grab onto giant hooks which hang from the ceiling, and swing from hook to hook to get around. He is sexually abused on a regular basis by one of Mme. Le Monde's many male "children." He is taunted with food that is withheld by his landlady or doled out in stingy amounts. And on this day he is visited by an old friend, Hall, from their private childhood boarding school, Scrotom-on-Swansea, who shows no interest in relieving Mint's suffering.