“Today's target is Florence.”
Freddie St Aubyn pilots a Lancaster bomber. Today he will have to drop his load of bombs on the city where his wife lives.
His wife Isabella is an Italian portrait painter. She paints from nature, she paints what she sees.
Oskar Joos studied at the same art school as Isabella. He is a German Jew. Living in Paris when war broke out. He escaped the 1942 roundup of Jews and has arrived in Italy with his young daughter.
Florence between September 1943 and August 1944 is a city in the thrall of the secret police. A city where most are in hiding, masked behind fake identity papers; where it is dangerous to trust anyone with the truth, where no one is allowed to know what the truth is.
Isabella continues to paint. Continues to pursue the truth of her vision. Until she is called upon to forge an old master painting for a high ranking SS officer. Pontormo's image of St Anthony, patron saint of lost things.
Freddie, Isabella and Oskar will all end up in the hands of the secret police. Will all be barked at to relinquish their truths, the truth of who they are.