A criminal known as 'Libanese' has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this unprecedented feat he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970's into the '90's, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modem Italy: terrorism, kidnappings and corruption at the highest levels of government. Throughout these years Police Lieutenant Scialoja sticks to the gang's trail, trying both to bring them to justice and to win the heart of Dandi's girlfriend Patrizia. It's now 1981 and the Rome crew are in disarray: Libanese is in the morgue, full of holes, which sparks a race to find the killers and exact revenge before the police can make an arrests. It also creates a power vacuum with Freddo and Dandi in the frame to be the new boss.