Italy 1929. Irma, a well-known actress goes to heal arthritis in a quiet beach. Away by the fame and popularity, but also from anxiety caused by the unexpressed loving relationship with her young friend and companion Valentina, Irma spends most of the time covered with hot sand. The wild beach favors the encounter with a well-known painter eccentric and effeminate who loves to paint in the dunes and pine forest, and who allows himself occasional encounters with local fishermen. Shocked by the behavior of the painter, Irma does everything to avoid him. Fearing that Valentina come to understand the loving nature of their own relationship, Irma loses control and leaves the girl on the beach. But an unexpected event will set things in place ...