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Amalia and Guido are a young couple whose dream of a happy life together is broken by the outbreak of the Second World War. Amalia stays in Milan, juggling the bombings and the no less pressing problems of daily survival. Guido, instead, as commander in the Italian Army, leads an epic crossing in the Sahara desert and manages to bring his soldiers to safety, facing a thousand adversities. The solid mutual love, strengthened also by the birth of a little girl, will accompany them on the arduous journey towards the painful reunification. A path paved with obstacles, revealing encounters, very hard trials, but also unexpected strokes of luck. Based on real events, this novel offers us a vivid glimpse of crucial episodes of our history, between the late 1700s and the late 1900s, narrated from an unprecedented perspective. In addition to the voices of the two courageous and tenacious protagonists, there is also the no less intense voice of their son Alberto, who vigorously depicts the distant years of childhood and youth, the loves and pains until the first professional successes. Many varied adventures that have a common denominator: the strength to get involved to the end, without fears, and living the unknown as a continuous challenge. It is the ability to adapt to the changing and evolving times, almost anticipating them and always staying one step ahead, the key that opens the doors of a future full of promise to Alberto. But the new contains in itself traces of our roots, and today always has a father: the past.