Just before the Salem Witch Trials, an embittered old woman, who has learned witchcraft, teams up with the Devil, and brings a scarecrow to life as part of her diabolical revenge on the judge who was once her lover.
Agnes, daughter of the goddess Indra, has come to Earth to learn about what it means to be human. She meets many people in her journey. The figures that guide her most are Alfred, an officer who becomes a doctor; Axel, the lawyer that she weds, and the poet who may be the author of her dreams. What she observes and experiences makes her pity mankind.
A television adaptation of the play by Luigi Pirandello, which transposes the traditional theatrical setting to a television studio. As a group of actors prepare for a rehearsal of a TV adaptation of the Pirandello play – `The Rules of the game’ – six strangers mysteriously appear and confront the director and actors with a proposition that their story is more interesting than the play at hand.
The elderly Arnolphe has decided to marry a young woman, Agnes, whom he has fallen in love with. She is too young and innocent to realize what plans he has for her. But Agnes and Arnolphe’s young friend, the dandy Horace, have fallen in love with each other. Their love is a threat to Arnolphe’s attempt at getting married. Can the cunning Arnolphe stop them?