Nino lives in Pavia, meets the woman loved in his youth, Annna Brigatti, now aged and slovenly. He sees her again in concomitance with a brutal crime. Meanwhile he learns that she died of cancer three years before, after having married and moved to Sondrio. Nino goes to Sondrio and sees Anna again, she is still pleasant looking, the two gives each other an appointment on the banks of the river Ticino, the place of their youthful love; but by accident Anna drowns. Nino will see her againg, aged and slovenly, in Pavia, where she will be lost again in the river Ticino. Nino finds himself in a nursing home where the young Anna reappears as a nurse.