On an ancestral piece of land in central Morocco, M’barek, a small farmer lives with his pregnant wife, Aida, his old sick father and his son, Ayoub, an adolescent with Down Syndrome. A drought is in full swing, and to deal with it, M’barek spends his time trying to dig a well, that he hopes, could lessen the impact of the drought on his land. M’barek also owes money to the Crédit Agricole Bank. He can barely provide for his family, and his wife is pregnant.
Ayoub lives in his parallel world. He is dreamy, and spends his time be- tween the forest where he herds the small family flock of sheep, and a school where he does not seem to learn much, given his condition. Ida does her best to hold the balance within the family. In her role as a mother and a wife, she tries to alleviate her husband’s anxieties as he faces a deadline to pay his debt.
When everything fails for M’barek to find a solution to his problem, Aida suggests he go see his cousin, Omar, who may help them. But Laarbi, a friend of M’barek’s, has another idea in store. M’barek says nothing of what he plans to do. While his wife and his father both believe that he will go see his cousin to ask for a loan, he is, in fact, determined to proceed with what Laarbi advised him to do.
During the absence of M’barek, Aida’s has a miscarriage. When M’barek returns he says nothing about what happened to him. Early one morning, while he tries to resume digging his well, M’barek ends up dead in it. Ayoub tries, then, to take over, and continues his father’s work.