He goes into the confession booth uneasily and we find that the inmate is a childhood friend of his, Simon, and that the Bishop had a hand in imprisoning him. He is locked in the confession booth with an opening to look out, and the inmates perform a series of events from Simon and the Bishop's childhood at a boy's school in a small Quebec town.
The inmates act out scenes between Simon and his lover, Vallier. We find that the Bishop had less-than-obvious reasons for telling lies that eventually convicted Simon.
When the inmates begin acting out the scenes, it is obvious that they are in a prison
chapel, with crude props and water being sprayed on the floor to represent a lake.
As the story unfolds, the scenery becomes real and the story more engrossing, with the
inmates playing the male and female roles.