Sicily, July 1943 : the allied troops have just disembarked on the island and Fascism has collapsed. A little Sicilian village live, at last, in complete freedom : men and women, old and young, rich and poor alike, celebrate their liberty singing and banqueting all together in the streets; Giuseppe, a young student, has just come back home soon after his graduation. His best friend, Salvatore, would like he to assume political responsibilities since the village is in the most complete chaos. Giuseppe is in great confusion, as he's attracted by two girls: the good girl formally engaged to him and a young, passionate farmer. The only quiet place for him is his home where his father, a great antifascist, reminds him the long fights of his people.