Stresa, September 1944. Another difficult winter of war is approaching. The unexpected birth of the Ossola Republic warms hearts, finally opening the way to hope. But hunger grips the stomach and clouds the mind. The Allies are very far away, the Republic of Salò still firmly established. A useless murder, the sinking of a boat and the disappearance of a cursed treasure, will make life very hard for Marshal Gatti, for his friend Don Piero and for all men of good will: Free and Strong. As always happens, in life, it will be precisely the greatest difficulties that will oblige Luca to seek within himself the courage to make a definitive change in the love story with Marta.