Having spent some time in Rome, Antonio - the handsomest young man in Catania - returns to his native town with the reputation of being a playboy and with a long list of amorous adventures behind him.
To please his father, Antonio agrees to marry the beautiful Barbara.
A year after their marriage however - scandal erupts.
Barbara is still a virgin! The bride's family attempt to annul the marriage and Antonio's honour seems irrevocably lost.