Giuseppe Tornatore invites you to a world of magnificent and stimulating mystery. The story begins with a phone call from a young woman who asks a professional art expert and auctioneer, the eccentric Virgil Oldman, to evaluate her priceless heirlooms. But it is the beginning of a mystery: a young woman who speaks only from behind a closed door, and a piece of art history. What is the real purpose of this curious evaluation request? Does Virgil really have the eyes of an art expert? A puzzling game of chess has just begun.