In the overwhelming summer time heat of 1978, Michele Amitrano is usually nine-years outdated and this individual lives in the tiny hamlet Acqua Traverse, an unknown region in southern Italia, composed of a clutch of homes encircled by simply vast areas of wheat-fields. " Two houses using one side, two on the other and a street, rough and full of slots, in the middle. " While the grown-ups take retreat indoors behind drawn shades because there is zero source of fresh water in Acqua Traverse, Michele Amitrano is usually trudging about through the drought wheat fields in the stifling heat, keeping an eye on his five-year-old sister, Helen.
Nothing much appears to be happening, the youngsters are pleased to celebration every day to go cycling in the center of the wheat fields, happily, innocently minus any concerns but eventually playing with his 5 good friends during a care to to contest up a web-based hilltop, Michele stumbles after a sight that the other folks don't find: near a dilapidated farmhouse he detects an exhausted boy his own grow older called Filipo, chained within a hole concealed under a bed sheet of corrugated iron and a bed. Michele will keep his breakthrough as a top secret, he attempts to figure out who this boy is, who have put him there, and why. Yet this top secret he is aware of which appears to involve every one of the village's adults.
After the first finding of the physique in the gap, Michele suffers a nightmare. Throughout the history, Michele frantically searches for answers to help him unravel the mystery at the rear of Filippo's imprisonment. At first he fantasizes which the child in the hole is actually a demented dual sibling who was hidden by his disappointed parents to be able not to scare everyone. ( His head is full of childhood fantasies; he's still an innocent man who looks up to his father. )
Michele remembers his father's words and phrases: " Enemies don't are present. It's men you should be scared of, not monstersвЂќ, then this individual tries to relieve the burden of Filippo's inhumane and monstruous treatment. During one come across, he tenderly wipes the scabs by his sight to allow him to see...