The main character, Sebastian, returns to his “home” at the end of his life’s journey – just before his death. He goes through several episodes with ghosts from his miserable life (childhood with dead mother, wedding with deceased bride, birthday with dead harlequin). The plot seems to go retrospectively backwards but at the same time irrepressibly forward – towards the ultimate goal – Sebastian’s showdown with Gustav, his fictitious demon, a brute, his double in a striped suit.
The moment Sebastian manages to enter Gustav’s space, he discovers that everything he lived for – his obsession, everything he wanted to be and failed to be, what he dreamed about, what he aspired for, what he feared and what he worshipped – was in fact just a banal illusion. Gustav is just a lifeless doll, and Sebastian dies – in a symbolic sense precisely because of this fact. Unravelling this illusion also destroys the meaning of his life. Women in Black find him as a corpse and prepare for the posthumous bath which the show ends with.