Therese Raquin was abandoned by her father when she was a young girl, and she never knew the love of her natural mother. She was brought up by her paternal aunt, a widow, under whose repressive regime Therese grew up to be a shadow of her real self, never revealing the well of emotions of her natural being. Her only other companion was her sickly and weak-willed cousin, Camille, who was spoiled and doted upon by his possessive mother. Her loveless marriage to Camille seemed to doom Therese to a fate worse than death. Unwittingly, Laurent, another suitor – a charmer and a charlatan – walks into their lives under the guise of a friend or the family, and sets off a chain of events which ends in tragedy.
This classic crime of passion examines the thoughts and feelings of a woman taken over the edge by her own physical and emotional desires. This adaptation of the novel is performed by two women in a dialogue alternating between the protagonist and voices of commentator, conscience, and confidante.