It is early September, 2001. New York’s World Trade Center is no more.
Florida, Vittorio Perantoni, now 89 years of age, sees that event as but a continuation of what began in 1914 – the
First World War. But why?
In his teens during the 1930’s, an Italian living in Lwow, Poland, he and Luigi work
with their father, Carlo, at operating the family’s successful winery-pasta tavern, and managing their import business
of distributing wine from Italy.
But Hitler’s 1939 invasion of Poland changes all of that. When the Italian Consulate
orders Italian nationals to leave Poland, the Perantoni family is suddenly forced to leave their considerable wealth behind.
Victor’s girlfriends will also be left behind as he flees to Switzerland to avoid Italy's fascist draft.
are his friends Andrẻ, Franki, and “Padre.” All of these persons will be scattered as they face the fears,
hardships, and physical abuses of the war. The war drags on as Europe burns. His friends Andrẻ and Franki are commandeered
into the Russian Army; his girlfriend Dani faces deportation to a Nazi death camp; and Vittorio too is nearly captured and
imprisoned. All are wondering: will life ever be the same again?