Luigi is a complex figure: he nurtures a secret passion for the beautiful aristocratic nun Angela, and leads a mysterious double life away from the town. The truth gradually emerges with the arrival of Colonel Guido, a figure from his past. And Gianni's own inner life is brought violently to the surface when vicious marauders attack San Minima. Badly injured he believes he is living in the Arthurian Age, an era which has obsessed him since boyhood. It's only the ingenuity of his friends and a strange intervention that bring him back to the present and longed-for Knighthood.