When the Naples police come to arrest
the beautiful Adelina for selling contraband cigarettes, her
unemployed husband, Carmine, discovers a legal loophole stating that
no pregnant woman can be jailed until 6 months after her child is
born. The plan works so well that Adelina conceives one baby
after another to avoid arrest. Carmine becomes so overstrained
that eventually Adelina can no longer produce a medical certificate
of pregnancy, and she is sent to jail. The local citizens
raise the money for her fine, however, and her sentence is commuted
by the president of Italy.
Anna, the elegant wife of a prominent
Milan industrialist, is having an affair with Renzo, a struggling
young writer. One day she allows him to drive her expensive
convertible which he wrecks in order to avoid hitting a small boy.
Infuriated by the damage to her car and by Renzo's inability to
handle the situation, Anna accepts a ride from an unattractive but
obviously wealthy stranger.
Shortly before the return of her lover
Rusconi, Mara, a beautiful prostitute in Rome, discovers that a
seminary student who is visiting his grandparents next door has
fallen in love with her. Although attracted by the purity of
the young man, Mara resists his advances. Eventually his
grandmother accuses Mara of attempting to corrupt her grandson and
announces that he plans to join the Foreign Legion. Mara
confronts the young man, tells him the truth about herself, and
persuades him to return to the seminary. In an offering to God
for the soul of the young man, Mara makes a vow of chastity for one
week, thereby leaving Rusconi sexually frustrated.