The humble lives of a widowed Italian peasant and his three daughters are forever changed during the summer of 1943 when they take in a downed American pilot, whose distant relatives hail from the Salentino region where the story occurs. Because of his familial connections, patriarch Carmine is able to pass the American Toni off as his cousin to suspicious authorities. While stranded there, Toni comes to love the region and decides, since he was the only survivor of the crash and the army doesn't know his whereabouts, to remain there. Trouble brews when Toni and Carmine's daughter Cosima, who is engaged to the town's wealthiest bachelor, fall in love.
~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide