At her new job, Christine must adapt quickly, juggling multiple assignments while learning the ropes. She is introduced to many new colleagues, some of whom she meets for drinks in the evening, but really getting to know them and making new friends proves difficult. Christine is forced to work under permanently changing conditions as she has appointments at different locations every day. In order to do her job, she relies on her local assistant, Bertrand, who began his work in the mission several months before Christine’s arrival. Initially, Christine doesn’t get along that well with Bertrand. She considers his questions about her personal life intrusive and his views on the role of women in society archaic.