A grey dawn in 1943: on a street in Rome, two young women lock eyes. One of the women, Chiara Ravello, is about to flee to her grandparents' house in the hills. The other has been herded on to a truck with her family, and will shortly be driven off into the darkness. Loudly claiming the woman's son as her own nephew, Chiara demands his immediate return; only as the trucks depart does she begin to realise what she has done. Three decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, working as a translator and to all appearances quite content with her life. But always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, the boy from the truck.