The setting is the main plaza of a poor town somewhere in the Spanish-speaking world. The town is surrounded by desert, and transportation to the outside world is sporadic.
The cast of characters includes Esmeralda (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Don Quixote and his partner Sancho, Marguerite "Camille" Gautier (from The Lady of the Camellias), Casanova, Lord Byron and others. A young American visitor, Kilroy, fulfills some of the functions of a narrator, as does Gutman, manager of the hotel whose terrace occupies part of the stage. The play goes through a series of confusing and almost logic-defying events, including the revival of the gypsy's daughter's virginity and then the loss of it again. A main theme that it deals with is coming to terms with the thought of growing older and possibly becoming irrelevant.