It is the year 1816. The last revolutionaries, members of the secret sect of the Sublime Brothers, try to resist. They are - Carborari, a disciple of Babeuf and Buonarroti. One of the Sublime Brothers, Fulvio (Marcello Mastroianni), of noble origin, sick, persecuted by the police, finds refuge in the family property. Fulvio thinks about the possibility of a new, different life: it will be the end of the political commitment that has destroyed all his personal ambitions.