The poet Tom-X meets the vagrant and former scientist Belotti, who has developed the formula with four colleagues. According to Belotti, he is encoded in a poem of which he only knows a single verse. When he dies a short time later, Tom-X goes to search for the other four scientists. Apart from him, numerous agents still seem to chase the secret of the formula. Whether it is only a result of the poetical imagination of Tom-X is still uncertain.