In a small village in post-communist Hungary, life has come to a virtual standstill. The August rains have started. The villagers expect a large cash payment that evening, after which they have planned to leave the village. Some want to leave earlier with a larger share of money than is due. However, they learn that the easy-talking Irimias, who was expected to be dead, is returning to the village. They fear he's taking all the money for one of his grandiose efforts to keep the community going.