The provinces of Naples and Caserta from August to November 2004. In a city overflowing with gar- bage, a skip is worthless: sanitation workers wearing masks collect the garbage that is then summarily sorted and compressed into bales at a processing plant. Acerra is threatened by the planned con- struction of an incinerator that will burn Campania's rubbish, a region dotted by dumping sites often containing toxic wastes, but so are the local farmers who fear no one will buy their produce. The local residents join forces: men, women, children, old and young alike march through the cities and the countryside. The farmers claim the right to health and work, demand the State do something, protest against representatives who have forgotten their constituency. The State steps in with helmeted, trun- cheon-wielding police ready to defend an ailing land from the sovereign people.