Exhausted from long travels and ill with malaria, Nicolas Bouvier lands on the island Ceylon in the Indian Ocean. His financial and physical resources running low, he spends several months in the hot and damp climate of this former British colony, his sole companions in his small room being swarms of insects. With a precision of a miniaturist and unique sense of humour, Bouvier deals in this journal deals with principles of human existence – a “meditation on our perception of the world” (The New York Times).