A story of Northern Italy, and of a young peasant who has labored long in order to become his own master, with his own plot of ground. He has a quaint wit, a homely turn of phrase, a sound philosophy. He falls in love with the priest's ward, and is persuaded by her to find a way to escape conscription in the Ethiopian war. Even at the close, when his purpose is achieved at the cost of life, he dies with a sense of the people and the country, of an Italy that we may not see again. Nice!