A private home-nurse has worked for the elder matriarch of a family for years and regards them as her own family. This quiet, routine life is shattered when a young member of the family is kidnapped by her nephew.
A nurse, Mariana, accompanies Leao to his home on the volcanic islands of Cape Verde after an accident sends him into a coma. Yet he goes unrecognized by fellow denizens, leaving Mariana trapped with and eventually entranced by a mysterious community. Never before released in the U.S. and now beautifully restored, it foreshadows the masterful films that would follow, yet is an extraordinary, ravishing work in its own right.