1936. In a little and remote inland town of Andalusia (south to Spain), Higinio (Antonio de la Torre) is a tailor and a town councilor who has recently got married to Rosa (Belén Cuesta). After the outbreak of Spanish Civil War by General Franco's coup d'etat, Higinio hides in his own house awaiting the right moment to escape with his wife but is caught in his attempt by his neighbor, Gonzalo (Vicente Vergara), who blames Higinio for his brother's death and is looking for revenge him. Captured by Franco's soldiers, Higinio is driven along with other opposition prisoners by truck to a nearby prison, but the unwitting distraction from one of the prisoners gives him a chance to escape and runs across the town to his house where he is to remain hidden in a secret bunker as long as the war lasts. In the meantime, Gonzalo pays his wife occasional visits in the belief that she knows his whereabouts, sometimes torturing her to extract a confession. When the war comes to an end in 1939, Higinio learns from Rosa that Franco is now the ruler of Spain and that there is a reward for capturing him as well as other insurgents. After one of her father-in-law's visit, Rosa and he succeed in moving Higinio into his father's house in the hope that he helps them escape. But to their surprise Higinio's father dies of natural causes and Rosa inherits and moves into her in-law's house with Higinio as the secret occupant, who is unable to leave for fear of being killed by Franco's police forces. He, nevertheless, offers a helping hand from the hideout to his wife who has taken charge of her late father-in-law's sewing shop. But with time troubles increase: Rosa is molested and forced by Rodrigo, a young Civil Guar.