Paola has just been released from a short stay in prison and is wandering around a poor section of Rome, hoping to see her son who is in foster care. Meanwhile, Eugenio is a homeless alcoholic, who supplements whatever he can beg by stealing from church poorboxes. The two of them meet and become lovers, seeking refuge in a building on the grounds of an abandoned factory. Paola wants her son back and applies to the authorities for custody. When that is refused, she kidnaps him, and the threesome go on the run to the south of Italy. As they travel, they become a genuine, caring family unit.
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