Leo Popper is a happy family man living in rural Bohemia in the years preceding the Nazi invasion. Out of economic necessity he moves with his family to the big city and becomes an enterprising vacuum cleaner salesman. There he embarks on a series of adulterous adventures, has encounters with boxing pros and famous portrait artists, and schemes to purchase the perfect pond to fulfill his passion for fishing. When the Nazis gain control, the comedy turns sour - he loses his lake, his job, and finally, his family.
With her husband away at work, and her son at school, Laura dreams of a home-renovation project to supplant her restless days. Elliott, her irresistibly hot private contractor, soon fulfills her more forbidden dreams.
A young priest arrives in a small village because his old colleague is old and frail and cannot uphold the law of God with the necessary strength. He means well but the hypocrisy of the villagers who do not trust him makes his task only harder and while struggling for his beliefs, he falls victim to the sins of the flesh.
A young American woman traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right.