Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has an extended held covenant with the useless. Midwife to the demise, easing their anguish and occasionally finishing it, she is respected and feared in equivalent degree because the village's Accabadora. whilst Bonaria adopts Maria, the unloved fourth baby of a widow, she attempts to safeguard the lady from the reality approximately her function as an angel of mercy. Moved via the pleas of a tender guy crippled in an coincidence, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and within the recriminations that stick with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the tremendous urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and recognition, yet her efforts are overshadowed by way of the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to at some point be hers.
Accabadora has been offered seven significant literary prizes, together with Italy's prestigious Premio Campiello.