In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department. His impending absence strains his already nearly wordless relationship with Liliana, his fiancée. They meet regularly at a dance hall and sometimes go riding on his motorcycle. We watch him arrive in Sicily, walk the town, live in a hotel, find lodgings, work, and participate in local events. It's a solitary, melancholy life. In his mind's eye he thinks about Liliana. He hasn't been entirely faithful. There's pain and detachment in her eyes. Across this distance, can anything bring about a breakthrough? Do they have a future?
Did You Know?
[narrating from a letter written to Giovanni
I don't go dancing anymore. I don't want to go the Speranza and see all our friends. I don't want them asking about you with those insinuating smiles - you know how people are. I'd be embarrassed. We have so many memories from that place. You could say that's where we met, when I used to accompany my older sister there. I was 15 or 16, remember? You were just back from the military. I've never told you this, but the first time you asked me to dance, ...