An unwilling conscript in the First Carlist War, Martín returns to his family’s farmhouse to find that his younger brother Joaquín has become a giant. Martín sees the commercial opportunity in marketing the “tallest man on Earth” as a freak attraction, and they travel around Europe with the increasingly distressed Joaquín serving as a circus act. Joaquín measures himself each night and is horrified that he continues to grow, well into adulthood, suspecting that the condition is terminal.
For a time Martín believes he is at home with sophisticated medical doctors interested in understanding his brother’s condition, yet his background, clothes, and Basque accent betray him, and they laugh at him as a mere farmhand or peasant. Embittered, he travels abroad.
In one scene, the brothers visit Stonehenge, England, where in a surreal, early morning ritual, Joaquín is introduced to a potential female love interest, who is also a giant. She seems interested, but Joaquín is too self-conscious and possessing a self awareness Martin lacks, in the end repulsed by someone of a similar condition.