This dreamy and somewhat improbable tale set in the Mexican countryside has been compared with the fantasy-laden social satires of (Luis Bunuel). Not coincidentally, the director of this film, Luis Alcoriza has worked with Bunuel. In the story, Candelario (Gonzalo Vega), a rugged unemployed man, calls on Don Lazaro (Ernesto Gomez Cruz) the owner of a farm estate, and asks for a place to stay in return for his labors. Extremely capable, before too long, he has been given responsibility for the management of the farm. The owner's wife Chabela (Marla Rojo), finds Candelario appealing, and they are soon embroiled in a romance. When the Don Lazaro attempts to put an end to this dalliance, he suffers an accident which diminishes his mental age to that of a child. The drifter has become the new patrone, and is accepted as such by all around him. This is not much to his liking, and before long he takes off again.