The brief Amazon synopsis is totally misleading as Marcel's father has no secret. What this enchanting sequel is about is Marcel Pagnol's return to the hills of Provence where his family went on an idyllic summer holiday in "La Gloire De Mon Pere". His mother convinces his school teacher father that they should use the country house more frequently and soon they are going weekly for extended weekends (which the mother has cleverly arranged by befriending the school headmaster's wife). The long trek to the house from where the trolley leaves them normally takes over two hours on foot, but by trespassing across the canal side foot path lined with expansive country estates they can shorten the trip to 24 minutes. And it is this that causes the father much anguish as he is an exemplary law-abiding citizen but pressure from the family and the ex-student canal keeper lures him into a delightful misadventure which could cost him his job. Also, the story includes Marcel's first encounter with the fairer sex, an adorable blond munchkin who turns him into her slave much to the dismay of his family and his country friend Lilli. This film is charming escapism, a feast for the eyes, and perfect for cozy family-viewing on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Buy both DVDs, a supply of popcorn and invite the family over. This is the kind of "feel good" movie the French are so good at. Think "Amelie"!