Venice, July 1909. A boy from south of Italy, just rejected from the Naval Academy because of thoracic insufficiency and a slight squint, unexpectedly rescues a British pretty widow’s life, Lady B. The two are joined only by a hopeless vitality and an unconsciousness desire. The lady will decide to spend with that boy a whole week of passion in which she’ll teach him everything about dancing and seducing. That boy will become, in few years, the greatest mute film icon: Rudolph Valentino.