Spain, 1940. A mountain village is Carlos Tejada's first independent command, but he arrives to a far from welcoming reception and he appears to have nowhere to live except the jail. Is it that they are suspicious of an officer with a Republican sympathiser for a wife? Tejada soon discovers that the officer he is replacing was shot to death and that the village is the centre of smuggling and guerilla activity. Then worse befalls: a new outbreak of civil war, financed from abroad, may be about to take place with his post as its epicentre.