Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches were accurate and detailed they lacked feeling. Used to being self-sufficient, Tony seemed to find emotions illogical and immature. After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, he becomes fascinated by Eiko whom he marries. His life changes, he feels vibrantly alive and for the first time, he understands and fears loneliness. But Eiko has one big problem, an all-consuming obsession for designer clothes. Overwhelmed by the ever-increasing grip of her fixation she buys more and more outfits. Tony begins to worry. When he asks her to resist her compulsions, the consequences are tragic. Alone again, Tony sits in his wife's closet gazing at her treasured couture pieces, the whispering ghosts of her soul. Finally, Tony places an ad in the paper searching for a woman who fits her measurements perfectly.