1943, Italy: In the darkest days of the war, a young baker's apprentice suddenly murders his employer before taking to the empty midnight streets, frantically searching for someone or something... a haunting image of passion, rage and desperation. Sixty years later: Passion seems to be missing from the life of Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzigorno), a young wife and mother of two who appears to have found some sense of domestic peace. She is not too pleased when her husband, Filippo (Filippo Nigro), insists on bringing home a confused elderly man they find wandering in the streets uttering a single name: Simone. The older man's presence and the mystery of his identity, not to mention their shared stories while baking, begin to have a profound effect on Giovanna. Meanwhile Giovanna gazes out of her apartment window to the flat opposite hers, where a handsome young bachelor Lorenzo lives. As the questions about the old man grow more and more complex, and the secrets of his past are slowly revealed, Giovanna finds herself facing a series of choices about her own life, her family, and her future - striking an eerily similar chord to the fateful choice the old man had to make some sixty years earlier.