An artists struggle through "paralyzing darkness," and his journey out of despair. In the spring of 1978, Hugues de Montalembert was a French painter and filmmaker living in New York's Greenwich Village. In a random act of violence, two burglars brutally attacked him in his home, throwing paint thinner into his eyes and blinding him forever. De Montalembert narrates that horrific night over 20 years later and the arduous journey he took to reclaim his independence as a blind man in the world. He describes what it was like waking up in his hospital bed the morning after the tragic incident, his only form of sight being distorted shapes and patches of light. A man who had depended on his vision to make his art was now deprived of the privilege of seeing his creations, and the world at large. Slowly, de Montalembert found the courage to adapt to the strange visions and eventually to his complete blindness. He describes his experiences in a new world, including: his travels alone to India, the writing of his first book, his new found passion for music, and his compelling interactions with people after losing sight. While de Montalembert narrates, director Gary Tarn recreates his interior world through photographic and computerized imagery, ranging from morphing aerial and street-eye views of landscapes to people and cultures from around the world, which help immerse us in the blind artist's perceptual web.