The comparatively comfortable peasant Mito reluctantly parts with his land, which becomes collective property. He is not prepared to face the changes, which are taking place in the new Bulgarian village,
Matteo is a doctor, whose marriage is falling apart. Both he and is wife are having affairs. His wife is cheating on him with Leonardo, a fellow doctor. Matteo is forced to confront both his inner demons and death itself.
After the lives and livelihoods of Jean and his wife Laure are destroyed by a fire which kills their daughter and reduces their cowshed to ruins, he finds work in town while she enters a mental hospital.