1973, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Harry Goodhart, the British widower father, has come to Cape Cod to begin a new business and begin a new life where he can be accepted and live the life he wants. Recently widowed, he struggles to withhold a secret from his two teenage daughters that risks tearing their family apart.The year 1973 is central to American Primitive’s story. The film’s path parallels a country’s loss of innocence and a time period in which American society was redefining its national identity as well as its personal views. Gender and sexual identity preoccupied the citizens of America.Like many in the country, our heroes, Madeline and Harry, daughter and father, find themselves tackling ideas of sex and identity -- topics that seemed to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue in the early 70s but were actually still taboo in both traditional familial and personal settings.