A successful director is having a midlife crisis. He has an ex-wife, ex-lover and a couple of kids he never sees. He starts getting calls from a beautiful mysterious woman who becomes his obsession and causes him to reflect on his life.
The mafia has overrun a section of the country so ruinously that a very stern man has been sent by the government to be the governor in that region. He has been given wide-ranging power and authority and is not afraid to use it.
A judge (based on real life judge Giovanni Falcone) on crusade to take down the Italian Mafia uses a gangster turned state's witness (a so-called "repenter") and a New York banker to do it. But things aren't quite what they seem.