The story of the growth of a young Sicilian boy, Ettore Corvaja, spanning from the middle of the '50s to the mid '60s, basically split into three parts. The first section starts at the end of the Sanremo Festival in 1955, when Ettore is 8-9 years old, when his life is divided between the joy of being his age in those times and the time of learning about the aristocratic culture of his country. The second part is about the period of the economic boom, when Ettore is 20 years old. The third section finds the young man in Milan, when he enters into the world of music and becomes part of a esoteric group of musicians. But he is nurturing his dream of becoming a writer.