The film tells the story of Gaetano and Alì. Gaetano lives in Palma with his aunt. His mother died of cancer several years earlier, his father Antonio has migrated to Germany where he plans to open up a bar, and wants Gaetano to follow and leave behind this land, which he feels has only represented misery and death. But Gaetano doesnt want to leave Palma, because for reasons he cannot explain, he is strongly attached to this land where his mother is buried, and still speaks to her on his frequent visits to her gravesite.
Alì is an illegal immigrant. He arrived in Palma by sea, having dragged the body of a woman who drowned after their boat capsized. He is taken in by an old farmer who finds him wandering down an old country road, exhausted and weak. The old farmer will take advantage of Alis poor condition and hold him captive, forcing him to work illegally. Ali will soon find himself on the run with no particular direction.