The effects of the Spanish Civil War on Portugal are examined in this Portuguese-Spanish historical drama. The story is in 1936 during the summer and centers on a group of young adults who have gone to the seaside for a vacation. Among the revelers are Mercedes, her brother Ramos, and his friend Jorge, who develops a crush on the woman. Their fun is interrupted when news of the newly erupted conflict reaches them. Each of the vacationers have their own take on the war and heated arguments ensue. An impassioned Ramos decides to journey to Spain and fight against the fascists. Meanwhile, Portugal's conservative dictator, Salazar, becomes increasingly oppressive.
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