Carlo Causo is a man in crisis. He lives with a recurring nightmare which he is desperate to escape, just like he wants to escape his ordinary life. Fate comes to his rescue after he finds himself interpreting for William Smithson, an American writer who has come up with a theory of flipping a coin as a way of making decisions thus transforming life itself. A year later, fate and the coin bring him to L’Aquila, a city still devastated by the earthquake of 2009. Here, Carlo ventures into the Red Zone of the earthquake and finds himself the prime suspect of the murder of Emiliano Dante, whose wallet he finds in a rubbish bin. With the help of Marta, a depressed alcoholic from L’Aquila, Carlo begins his search for a metaphysical truth within the heart of the Red Zone, a truth that connects his nightmare to the murder, and frees him from both.