Bruno is a montanaro. He’s born to thrive on the mountaintops, to be truly self-sufficient and to commence his adult working life just as puberty strikes. Pietro is closer to city folk. He’s a dreamer who can afford artistic aspirations and a series of false starts. Even as a bond forms between the two over long summers spent together in the Italian Alps from their pre-teens, Pietro denies his friend the opportunity to join him at the city schools and forge his own path. Because that’s not how Pietro sees Bruno. He can only be this: Pietro’s simple holiday friend from the mountainside.
That rift splinters the boys through their teen years and it isn’t until adulthood, when Pietro’s father Giovanni passes away and leaves a cabin in the mountain for them to rebuild, that they can nurture their friendship from scratch. Giovanni had fostered a closer relationship with Bruno because he admired his firmer grasp on his masculinity. These power structures between the childhood friends bend and break as they wrestle with their destinies, their fundamental differences and the ties that bind them.