In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father
Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San
Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale.
The previous pastor has died, and now the young priest must
say all of the masses himself. In addition, he is tasked
with shepherding the warÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s many orphans taken in by the
San Domenico rectory. The children are a joy, but his
attempts to teach them the catechism are in vain until he
finds an ornate box of puppets in the basement. By day the
puppets are teaching tools, but after darkÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ they emerge
from their box, without their strings. And the children's
lives will never be the same again.