Sicily, summer 1916. Gossiping and singing, the women gather the harvest old Simone’s almond crop. He’s the richest landowner in the district but he has no heir. Local lad Liolά, untroubled by convention, has fathered three little boys, each with a different mother, and that only intensifies Simone’s anguish. When another of the girls falls pregnant, Simone is persuaded he might recognise the baby as his own. But he’s forgotten he charms of his slighted young wife Mita, who is not easily crushed.