Rome, 1984. Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to tend to her needs. While her two older sisters are pampered, Aria is treated with cold indifference. Yet she yearns to love and to be loved. At school, Aria excels academically but is considered a misfit by everyone. She finds comfort in her cat, Dac, and in her best friend, Angelica. Thrown out of both parents' homes and abandoned by even her best friend, Aria finally reaches the limit of what she can bear. Soon after, she makes an unexpected life decision.