This novel tells the life of a young child during the Algerian war of national liberation under occupation of French colonialism. The eyes of an innocent child describe how he and his family lived the horrors of that war. This child did not understand why adults were conducting an absurd war that touched all families without exception, from both sides. War is an atrocious and cruel thing for this child who rebels inwardly against those who make war.
He never thought that one day his little Blackfoot comrades would leave it permanently. For him, the world of his childhood collapses and disappears forever. Seeing the boats leave from the port of Algiers, he understands when he has lost forever the world of his childhood, his lost paradise.
From then on, it switches to a world that is not his and to which he could never adapt. Then follows a crisis of conscience that he cannot dispose of to this day.