The story of an uncontaminated Sicilian island inhabited mainly by fisherman. Although still barely touched by tourism, the islanders have just begun to alter their mentality and behavior as they have begun to realize the economic potential of this new industry. At the same time they often have to deal with illegal aliens flooding the island and a new law requiring them to turn back undocumented peoples seeking aid. This policy stands in direct contrast with the laws of the sea which require the rescue of anyone in distress. Terra Firma is also the story of a family composed of a stubborn old fisherman, a young woman striving for a better life and a young man seeking his moral compass. All of them will have to make difficult decisions that will affect their lives forever.