Martinique, the 1930s. José and his grandmother live in a small village, where everyone works cutting cane. Wages are low and conditions are abysmal. The only way to advance is to do well in school. José studies hard and succeeds in an exam allowing him to attend school in the capital. With only a partial scholarship, however, the tuition is very costly. José and his grandmother decide to move to Fort-de-France to make the boy’s studies easier.