The film is set in Rome in 1922. Two friends returning from the First World War, Rocchetti and Cavazza, participating in the Fascist Party, are convinced that the movement and the leader Mussolini can guarantee a period of peace, growth and stability in an Italy torn destruction of the bombs. Unfortunately the joys of the two friends soon vanish, as Mussolini proves to be a tyrant, who performs after the march on Rome. When Rocchetti try to rebel and autolicenziarsi from the party, is beaten to death. Fortunately Gavazza save him, and run away with the friend. However the March on Rome is made, and the two friends can not help but watch in silence the political change.