Rome, nowadays, in a decorous suburb of semi-detached villas lives the Attorre family.
Luca, a frustrated freelance journalist, creative conjurer of fake news, struggles to support Susi, a ballerina who is now reduced to teaching ballet to overweight women, and Lucilla, a quiet and imaginative six year old who suffers from severe asthma.
Pierpaolo, the 17-year-old son of Luca from a previous relationship, stealthy supports them economically. He lives in a liberty villa, with his well-to-do mother and under the aegis of his grandfather, a powerful man of the law.
As au pair for the care of Lucilla for one year, Mary Ann, an Irish catholic student of Arts, breaks into the family like a sparkle.