Konatsu, who has lost love, comes to a workshop in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture in order to become an apprentice to Reiko, a master of the traditional tie-dying craft Arimatsu Shibori. Reiko imposes the care of her unmanageable dog on Konatsu as a condition for becoming her apprentice. Through this Konatsu makes the acquaintance of the vet, Kotaro, who had a relationship with Reiko. Konatsu is soon competing with Reiko as a tie-dying artist and as a female. In the midst of the conflict, Konatsu matures as an adult and awakens to a fondness for people.