Upon the death of Rafael de Miranda, a beloved island doctor, his estranged widow, Celine, returns to their ancestral villa to scatter his ashes into the sea. Celine believes that this act of bidding farewell will finally bring closure to their failed marriage. Instead, she is haunted by memories of Rafael’s past infidelities and racked by self-recrimination at not having been able to give him a child. Overcome by conflicting emotions of love and rage towards her late husband , Celine loses herself in an inexplicable attraction to his possible illegitimate son. This obsession with the young man is what finally spirals her tragic journey into desolation.