We are in 1992, between May and July. In Bari, as elsewhere, they are days of fire, between ambienations, killings, cases of white lupration. When the news arrives that a child, son of a clan chief, was kidnapped, Marshal Pietro Fenoglio understands that the point of no return was reached. Now anything could happen. Then, unexpectedly, the young boss who sparked the war, and that everyone suspects the seizure, decides to collaborate with justice. In the long confession in front of the magistrate, man traces his criminal adventure in a hypnotic story animated by a living and diabolical force; From that literary power that Gadda attributed to the language of the minutes. But the repentation statements will not suffice to shed light on the disappearance of the child. To discover the truth Fenoglio will be forced to go into that ambiguous territory where it is difficult to distinguish what is right from what is wrong. Set at the time of Palermo's massacres, the cold summer offers a fearful look over human nature, but also gives us a protagonist of extraordinary, moving dignity. And, in the end, an unexpected glow of hope.
"Fenoglio knew very well that that case would have obsessed him until they were able to solve it. The problem was: there was no certainty that would be able to solve it. It never exists".