In The Unexpected Man, a man and a woman sit opposite each other in the detached intimacy of a train compartment on a journey from Paris to Frankfurt. He is a world famous author, while she carries his latest novel in her bag and considers the dilemma of reading it in front of him. As both the woman and man ponder their situation in the compartment, they bring past events and philosophies up in separate monologues. Eventually, they will speak conversationally. But will he be like she envisioned?