In a blighted wasteland run by army gangs, Bond carves out a gaunt story about the complexities of guilt and desperation.
Postern lies on the ground, his shirt drenched in blood when Lambeth arrives. She is carrying a sack and, rejecting his soiled shirt, begins to search the rest of his clothes to find something that she can sell. The elderly and emaciated Margerson desperately recounts the story of an aborted execution. He continues to tell it in his sleep. Lambeth tries to get the overcoat off Postern, who falls in and out of terrified consciousness. And Someone arrives, knowing neither his past nor his identity, searching for a clue in the wasteland.
People is the fourth play in Bond’s The Paris Pentad (originally called The Colline Tetralogy), preceded by Coffee, The Crime of the Twenty-First Century, and Born, and followed by Innocence.