Nestled between two mountains in an Old World reminiscent of nineteenth century Europe, Fremolia is a small town of innocence and simple pleasures. Full of writers and poets in all of their laziness and grandeur, Fremolia's citizens exhibit promise and life. But when war rumbles on the horizon, the town hovers on the edge of turmoil.
In the midst of the coming threat, a love triangle including Mariela, a beautiful young local woman, her long-time gypsy dance partner Guiseppe, and a rich American writer named Alex White, whose aspirations are bigger than himself, creates a stir in the village, adding a sense of spice to the evenings at The Café Toscanini, the local gathering place.
But the War interrupts the town's quiet pace, affecting Fremolia's residents in ways they would never have imagined. Life, death, and the question of mortality become integral to their daily lives. Will the village ever return to its pre-war innocence, or has the War obliterated such nostalgia?