In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently manoeuvres the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back home, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother. When an itinerant family installs itself next door, Hatidze’s peaceful paradise gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back — not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But new neighbour Hussein makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life.

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