Towards the end of her life Valeria, an old lady from a good family, finally wants to find the courage to open a letter which her sister Gadea, who passed away eighteen years ago, has left her. Valeria embarks on a journey into her past, where a dark secret lurks and torments her with nightmares. From early childhood she has envied her younger sister, who was their father’s favourite and who now has two children of her own, thereby loading herself with guilt. Now she consults the psychologist Laia who has just moved into an apartment in Gijón, together with her girlfriend Emma. Valeria’s stories open to Laia a new and fascinating world, and also to Feli, who works in the retirement home where Valeria lives and secretly rummages through her papers. La noche que no paró de llover (“The Night When It Didn’t Stop Raining“) goes back to the time before the civil war and the beginnings of the Franco dictatorship, yet Castañón does not lay out a historical panorama. Rather, she is interested in the individual, and so she is able to draw incredibly vibrant characters, showing their internal contradictions and exploring the relationships between them. She does so with great empathy, stylistic diversity and a long epic breath – the gifts of a born storyteller.