Approaching the end of his life, a man returns to his home village in search of peace.
Sylvestre is determined to live alone and mind his own business.
However, he finds himself caught up in events as a witness.
Sylvestre finds himself drawn into the centre of the storm as two young women are widowed and rumours abound.
Afraid of breaking her parents' hearts, Colette begs Sylvestre to plead for her.
As Colette's folly is exposed, Sylvestre admits his own youthful mistakes.