Deserted by his father, and dislocated by the Second World War, Paul is a boy who wants affection and attention and cannot find it at home. For a while, he becomes the pet of some German soldiers, running errands for them. Later, he helps the Resistance, and when the Americans come to stay, he is really in his element with them.
From the city of the South, where he works, Fabio returns to his native Ivrea, to take part (as it always has) the three-day carnival, during the traditional local festival. In the city Fabio met Manuela, young as he, on vacation alone and eager to escape. The encounter leads to a three-day love senseless and unrestrained, discoveries and confessions, the two know exactly who will be and this also leads them to completely surrender to a "transgression" total. But the game of "orange throwers" of Ivrea has a time limit. Fabio and Manuela leave the city, each in their own way, with only a wealth of new experience.
Using footage from filmmaker Maya Deren's avant-garde films of the 1940s, including the seminal _Meshes of the Afternoon (1942)_, _At Land (1943)_, and _Ritual in Transfigured Time (1948)_; archival audio interviews and observances from contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage, Amos Vogel, and Jonas Mekas, the documentary provides a glimpse into the mind and life of this groundbreaking and influential artist.