Francesa (Chessie) is a sweet sheltered girl who wanted to escape her horrible and repressive home life by marriage. Rocco, on the other hand, wanted a nice, sweet, demure, and virgin wife who would stay home and take care of the children. From the onset, they appeared to be completely mismatched. Chessie left on her wedding day to escape who she saw as a replica of her father. Rocco instead starting searching and finally found her once she returned back to Sicily. From there, the story begins. Both are at odds with the other's expectations of married life. With some bumps along the way, they do finally find a way to make it work.
My complaint was actually at the core of this story - Rocco being a Sicilian man. He had very tradionalist views on how he expected his wife to act and what he expected her to do (and let him get away with). Perhaps I do not understand the Sicilian mindset, but I just kept thinking how backwards this character is and why would ANYONE in her right mind want to be with someone like that.