Seven Florentine women and three men flee to the countryside to escape the Black Death that was rampaging through Europe during the fourteenth century. In ten days they each tell a story a day, totaling a staggering one hundred tales. Like The Arabian Nights before it and The Canterbury Tales after, the tales are as diverse as can be. By turns brief, drawn out, tragic, comedic, insightful, crude, moralistic, inappropriate, exciting, uneventful, pious, or sacrilegious. There's something here for everyone and everything for one.