Rosario lives in a council house in Naples with grandma Liliana.
While he takes care of her, she spends her days in front of the tv, between Rapinol pills and a dose of Micoren. She also speaks with a curious language, made of strange words that only Rosario seems to understand, understands her and always finds the time to cook her food and make her laugh.
When Rosario is not home, he goes to the local Burger King or to the small pub next to the “game room” Las Vegas with his group of friends. They recognize him as the leader of the little gang, since he’s the most charismatic and sharp one.
These children live in these places and they walk in these degraded surroundings.
Despite their young age, they smoke, they drink, they steal, and they have sex with young prostitutes. These children absorb and repeat the worst of the sick world adults have built around them. Good and evil are performed by these young guys with the same spirit and without any sense of shame or regret; life is so hard for them that they never smile or laugh, as anything really matters for them.
All the petty crimes these children perform are ordered by Casaluce, a small-sized, tacky and filthy camorrista with no real criminal organization behind him.
This is the reason why he recruits young boys for smalls robberies or thefts and since they fear him and his violent methods, he has no problem taking advantage of the children and underpaying them.
One afternoon, Rosario dresses up with his soccer’s clothes and sets on the subway to reach a destination we do not yet know. During this trip, Rosario recalls some of the most important events of his recent past: his gang friends, his loved ones, his daily habits. The crucial figures of his entire life emerge from his recollection: Damiano, Santino and Caterina.
Damiano represents the bad example, the one who brought Rosario closer to the illegal life. Holding a gun, thinking like a criminal and working for Casaluce, these are just some of the effects of Damiano’s influence on Rosario.
On the other hand there’s Santino, the good mentor. He’s older than Rosario, and this is one of the reasons why the boy venerates him. Santino is also to Rosario the proof that there is another way to make it in life: legally, honestly and with hard work. Santino has success, he’s popular with women, he’s respected in society: he’s everything that Rosario wishes to be when he grows up.
Caterina is the most important influence in Rosario’s life. He fancies her from the start, and gradually learns about love, a brand-new feeling for him since he’s used to live life cynically and with apathy. Caterina awakes his sensibility, and thanks to her Rosario even to improves the language he uses to express himself. Caterina is beautiful, ironic, unwillingly seducing, tender but also able to keep a distance: she amazes him and shakes his life.
Rosario’s memories clearly show his double life: one close to the dangerous street-rules and criminal society; the other one built on hope, good will, and honesty. He jumps easily from one train track to the other.
The subway reaches Rosario’s destination, he gets off the train, enters a shabby pub. Then, Rosario awaits the agreed signal