Daniele is a young man from Sant’Erasmo, an island on the Venice Lagoon. He lives on his wits, even isolated from his peer group who are busy exploring a pleasure-seeking existence expressed in the cult of the barchino (motorboat). This obsession focuses on building ever more powerful engines to transform the little lagoon launches into dangerously fast racing boats. Daniele too dreams of a record- breaking barchino. We see the decline that erodes the relationships, environment and habits of a rootless generation from the timeless perspective of the Venetian landscape. The point of no return is a foolish tale of male initiation. Violent and bound to fail, it explodes dragging the ghost city along on a psychedelic shipwreck.