Your heart immediately goes out to the children, especially the little girl Rosetta who has been pimped out by her own mother for years. Her little brother Luciano seems to have become withdrawn and jaded from having to helplessly stand by during it all. When the police raid the home and put an end to it the deep emotional scars remain. When 2 police officers are assigned to escort the children to an orphanage one of them immediately bails, leaving the other (Antonio) with all the responsibility.
Antonio was brought up by an honorable family and tries to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the right thing for the children becomes more and more elusive as their trek unfolds. His task becomes even more difficult when he realizes the dire circumstances he must leave these children in when he drops them off. As he spends more time with the kids, he develops a bond that compells him to protect them and care for them. Before he realizes it, he discovers that he loves them like his own family. He tries to soften the harsh reality with a little fun and kindness during a few detours but suffers a severe penalty later. As the saying goes... "No good deed goes unpunished".
I was a little disappointed that it didn't end the way I had hoped but the children were safe and things have a way of working out when good people don't give up. I sure would like to have seen what Rosetta wrote on that postcard she sent to Antonio from the beach. There was love in her eyes where before there was mistrust. I like to think she wanted him to be her father or uncle. He did make a promise to her brother so I can imagine what may have come from that.
What a great story with a positive message. Loved it!