From the bowels of Vesuvius, Pulcinella is sent to Campania to grant the final wishes of the shepherd Tommaso, that is, to save a young buffalo by the name of Sarchiapone. Pulcinella finds the little buffalo in the Carditello palace, an abandoned Bourbon residence buried deep in the heart of the land of fire, and takes it with him to the North, embarking on a long journey through a beautiful and lost Italy, at the end of which they fail to find what they were hoping to.
A tale of violence begetting violence and complex morality inherited by each generation in rural Calabria, a real-life mafia (‘Ndrangheta) seat in Southern Italy. The Carbone family consists of three brothers, Luigi (Marco Leonardi) and Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta) who are engaged in the family business of international drug trade and Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) who has remained in the ancestral town of Africo in the Aspromonte mountains on the Mediterranean coast – herding goats. His 20-year old son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) has little respect for his farmer father, but idealizes his Mafioso uncles. When Leo shoots up a bar owned by a rival family with a longstanding blood feud with the Carbones, his reckless actions create trouble that brings the whole family back to Africo for the inevitable bloody showdown.