When successful Domenico meets very sexy young Filomena it is before the war. He falls for her head over heels and visits the brothel she works for repeatedly until he finances her leaving. Then he gets her a job in one of his restaurants and later on in his Mother's domestic staff. He will not marry her. He expects her to serve him during the day and be his mistress at night. Later, after the war, she is on her deathbed. He agrees to marry her thinking she is at her end. Eventually, with her three sons living with them, she refuses to put up with any foolishness and strives for domestic normalcy.