The foolishness of the war and the power of love are told through the story of three young people, two boys and a girl, inextricably tied together on the dramatic background of the First World War. The story is based in Trieste, a city with many faces and thousands of souls: the Habsburg tradition, the winds of irredentism blowing stronger than ever, the international tensions ready to explode in the First World War. Overwhelmed by the war, Emma, sweet and strong, and daughter of a Jewish merchant, Franz, son of an Austrian military and Bruno, son of a factory worker and whose brother is an active irredentist in Trieste, will be forced to give up their youth, entering prematurely into adulthood. They will lose and find themselves, always remaining unchanged, despite their friendship is constantly strained to the limit. They will struggle to survive and to save not only the love ones, but also what they believe in.