In a small town in Southern Italy, where there never seems to be any water, but where a river roars ... Ilenia an orphaned ricotta delivery girl, plots to win over her art teacher's love. Through the thick and thin of it, she struggles with a grueling job, an overbearing boss, a lazy brother and her best friend's fear of living out his dreams, until ... she is thwarted, betrayed by her best friend's lover, discovered by the professor's wife. And her riCotta spoils.