In the early 70’s a naive young girl, Bess, living in a small community on the north west coast of Scotland, falls in love with oil-rig worker and man-of-the-world Jan. Despite local opposition they marry. Jan returns to the rig, whilst Bess counts the days to his homecoming, sure that their love is made in heaven, especially as she is convinced she can mentally communicate with God. When the accident renders Jan paralysed he is worried that Bess will cut herself off from a normal life. Realising that he will be bedridden, he convinces her that she will aid his recovery by taking a lover and relating to him their sexual acts.

Winner of the "Grand Prix" of the jury in 1996 Cannes Film Festival.