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Tragic drama about the consequences of the re-opening of a defunct South American silver mine, which has been inherited by Englishman Charles Gould, in the mountainous jungle above the coastal town of Sulaco in Costaguana. News of the San Tomé silver mine soon reaches rebels from beyond the mountains, and they launch an attempt to take over Sulaco and keep the silver. Gould entrusts a fortune in silver ingots to the popular and reliable chief longshoreman Nostromo (an Italian whose name roughly means 'our man'). When Nostromo sails off by night with the silver to keep it from the rebels, there is a collision with another boat, and, barely surviving the accident, Nostromo finds his only option is to make for the small, nearby, barren island the Great Isabel, where he buries the treasure. Instead of informing Gould of this, though, he is overcome with a desire to let people suppose that the silver was lost in the gulf, and keep it all for himself. So he tells nobody, but schemes to return for the ingots over time, becoming rich slowly so as not to raise any suspicions. A few years later, his plan is threatened when a lighthouse is built on the island in full view of his silver burial spot. In his attempts to retrieve it, he is caught up romantically with the daughters of his old friend Viola, now the lighthouse keeper. Also caught up in the turmoil are Gould's loving and sensible wife Emilia, the power-mad would-be dictator General Montero, the outcast Doctor Monygham (a man broken by his torture at the hands of corrupt authorities in the past), Martin Decoud (a European-minded intellectual and newspaper editor) and the old garibaldista Viola and his wife, who run a tavern with their daughters Linda and Giselle, rivals for Nostromo's affections.

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