Seu-eong dreams of a happy marriage and life in Korea, but instead she is abused by her mother-in-law while her husband idly watches.
The village she lives in is a closed-off society where the residents watch her every move.
Meanwhile, Jang is seduced by the beautiful writer Yi-ryeong and proposes to her after divorcing his first wife. The couple moves to the isolated village after Jang builds a white house for Yi-ryeong there. One day, however, Yi-ryeong, while trying to run from a mentally retarded man in the forest, is injured and undergoes brain surgery. As a result, she loses her memory and linguistic abilities, and Jang must live his days taking care of her.