Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. It is little wonder that the Communist Party has begun to gain traction, a small spark of defiance spreading from villager to villager. As communities across the region begin to take a stand against the landlords, the landlords vow to break them: party organizers suffer grisly deaths and the flow of food into the market-places dries up. But it only serves to make the peasants’ resistance burn more fiercely. Finally, the landlords descend on one village to set a brutal example to the rest.