After scarcely escaping World War I, Vittorio, a young man from Triest, manages to build a carreer for himself as a lawyer in the challenging times of the post-war period. During the fascist dictatorship in Italy he offers to help Jews and Slovenes with emigration, which causes him trouble with the authorities. His son Pino, who enjoyed a sheltered upbringing, studies architecture which saves him from being drafted in 1940. He is in love with Laura, a young teacher. However, Pino somewhat unintentionally gets caught up with the partisans, which alerts the Gestapo... Three generations, two wars, one tragic love story. A family saga from Triest.