Zora del Buono not only inherited her first name from her grandmother, but also her family fate: Zora, a Slovenian, meets her future husband, the radiology professor Pietro Del Buono, at the end of the First World War. She follows him to Bari in southern Italy, where they lead an upper-middle-class life, but politically committed against Mussolini’s fascism. Zora is imperious, imposing, spirited and gifted. She wants to be more than she can be, yet makes her mark on everyone around her. Her life and the lives of her family, her children and grandchildren, unfold in a time of wars, violence and fierce territorial and ideological struggles that continue to shape our world today.