Godard's study in French intellectualism and the young left's discontent. Over a summer five students form a radical communist cell devoted to the teachings of Chairman Mao. The nominal leaders are uncompromising idealist Guillaume (Leaud) and his girlfriend Veronique (Wiazemsky), a daughter of the bourgeoisie. Henri (Semeniako) gets expelled for not being a true believer, but while the others stay in the apartment talking revolution, Henri is in the Paris streets taking action. French with subtitles.