Chantal is a secretive young girl. She lives with her sick mother and unemployed father. When her mother dies, she leaves the family home for the Gaspé peninsula. She brings with her a photo of a beach where her mother longed to return. Chantal tries to find the place, but in vain. After wandering around for days, she runs out of money and takes refuges with Serge, a taciturn farmer, on his small farm in the back country.
Serge hires Chantal, and slowly, these two lonely people get to know each other. The natural landscape around her inspires Chantal to open up to the world and its beauty. The farm is in trouble. Serge is resisting his sister Laura’s attempts to unload what remains of their family property. They are at an impasse.
Serge and Chantal gradually take to one another. The film is the story of the way they meet and form a bond.