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Claudio, age 17, has a simple aspiration: he wants to be a mechanic. His father, though, would like him to take over his small auto-wrecker company that he has built up over his lifetime. The conflict between them has become unbearable and violent. Stefano, a man of thirty-five, has a mechanics garage near the sea, in Ostia, and, needing an apprentice, convinces the father to send the boy to him on trial. Stefano immediately realises that Claudio has a real talent for motors, but their relationship deteriorates when Claudio falls in love with Giovanna and his neglect for his work jeopardises Stefano's ambition to win a big race.

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