In Milan, Italy, in the fall of 1962, a small body in a bag is
placed beneath the slab of a war memorial to Italian Partisans from
1945. Guiriati Field is the site of the crime. Inspector David
Montorsi wades into the mud and fog at the field and conducts the
investigation into the child's murder.
Years later, in March 2001, a character called the Old Man tracks
the movements of an American to 53 Via Padova, in Milan. Aided by
directions from a boy and a Pakistani, he follows the American and
shoots him. The Old Man has been fooled by an exact double.