Rosalba is in love with Danilo, a young man who has to spend quite a few years in prison. To alleviate his suffering while in detention, she decides to write him a letter every day: a sweet, impassioned, poetic letter. Translating her feelings into words isn’t easy for her so she seeks help from Katia, her best friend, confined to a wheelchair. Katia ends up being the ‘lover by interposition’, just like Cyrano de Bergerac. This game soon turns out to be dangerous. As time passes, she feels that those emotions, those poetic surges on behalf of Rosalba, become hers, just as she feels that Danilo’s passionate answers belong to her. When Rosalba and Danilo split up, Katia decides to visit him in prison, to see what the man she fell in love with looks like. Since she isn’t even a distant relative of the prisoner, she is denied permission for the visit, but Katia’s iron will is stronger than the rules and in the end she meets him. This is the most exciting moment of her life. Other meetings follow, difficult, and not at all intimate, in the cold visiting room, but in the end Danilo falls in love with her. They decide to get married. The whole prison participates. When the judge grants Danilo his first authorisation to meet his young bride outside the prison, Katia organises his escape, with Rosalba’s complicity. Naturally Danilo doesn’t want to lose this opportunity, but while escaping he realises that the life of a fugitive will take him far away from Katia, on whom he is now fatally dependent. So he decides to return to prison and put things in order.