Su-ok is sent from Seoul to teach in the primary school of a remote mountain village. Her first encounter is with a solitary and silent man called Kae-chul, who rouses feelings of worry and agitation in her. Su-ok’s curiosity grows when she discovers that the village women are taking food to the dropout. Intrigued as to what ties link Kae-chul and the women, Su-ok finds out from a barmaid of loose morals that he is unable to have sexual relations. Su-ok gradually understands that the anonymity afforded by her home city does not exist in this village, where all the inhabitants are related by blood or marriage.