Coleman Sharkey, a man with deep roots in the community who heals people with herbs as his father did before him. In the 19th century there are rumors that blight has spoiled the potatoes. When the English Landlord doubles the rent before returning to England on a permanent basis, Coleman and Patsy try to reason with him. The night ends in fatal circumstances which leads to Coleman's dreary life on an isolated island, until he meets 10 year old Cití. Cití teaches him to be the person he once was and gives him reason to live.