The story takes place during the days before the armistice of September 8th 1943, in a country by the sea near Taranto, ruled by the Podesta Pompeo Treglia and with a German garrison settled in the fortress where Sciusciù, the “poor madman” of the country, leaves.
This man, being still a child, is at everybody’s mercy, except for the little kids and for Annamaria, a young woman the Podesta has put his eyes on. These are crucial days of waiting: not everyone is aware of what is about to happen.
One night Sciusciù meets three allied parachuters and makes them shelter in Annamaria’s farm- house; she falls in love with one of them, Tony. The three guys are then imprisoned: fortunately the German Officer Stolz displays great humanity.