Rocco Capasso, an engineer in Sardinia, back suddenly at his sister Lucy, who for eleven months he deals with his wife Elena, dying, and prevents him from seeing her, because the excitement could kill her. Rocco, exasperated by the prolonged agony, enters violently into Elena's room and to my surprise he discovers it empty. Lucia tells him that the woman had died long before, but, not to cause him pain, he hid the truth. Rocco is furious, because for some time loves a woman about to give him a son, but this, tired of waiting, is now determined to leave with another man. Meanwhile, the neighbors come to bring their condolences, but Rocco has been stolen grief and bereavement.