George is a linguist devoted to saving dying languages yet he can't find the words to keep his own marriage from falling apart. His lonely assistant, Emma, is so desperately in love with George that she tries to learn Esperanto to tell him so. Meanwhile, the last two speakers of an indigenous tongue refuse to speak to each other. Will their language perish forever out of spite? Language and love are the twin themes of this poetically inventive excursion into the difficulty of finding words for what lies in our hearts.