The loess hills of western Iowa have extraordinary features that shape the lives of people who depend on poor soil and unpredictable weather to survive. Against this backdrop, Damien Steinman is a tenant farmer during 1918 and 1919. The First World War is over, the flu pandemic is just about eradicated, and the infamous Prohibition Amendment to our Constitution is ratified. Damien is married to Annie and they have five children. Boredom with his life and obsessive infatuation with women send him on a well-traveled road that inevitably leads to tragedy. He falls in love with a young and beautiful neighbor girl and his life is caught up in a whirlpool of lust and lies. Can Damien escape the downward spiral that has become his life? Landscape, weather, neighbors and family members unwittingly conspire to bring about his fate.