translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
Gina, owing to difficulties in her family due to the Second World War, immigrates to Buenos Aires together with her sister. Gina is 7 years old when she leaves her hometown in Italy. Ever since she was a child, Gina had dreamed about being a singer. Gina's father-in-law owns a bar in Buenos Aires. A group of locals gets together in the bar to sing, dance the tango, and discuss politics and life. The owner of the bar is a great orator and he takes part in social activism although not directly with one particular party. Through the characters who put everything in context, we see important events that take place in Argentina, Latin America and the world.
The year is 1986; Gina is scheduled to appear on a very important TV program, live. It's her comeback. She remembers her past
1) ACT I (1959-1961)
The story begins on the day that the Cuban Revolution triumphs. The world of the tango fascinates Gina. One night, in her brother-in-law's bar a manager hears her sing. He likes what he hears and invites her to an audition. Her debut awaits. Her audition is a great success. That same night she meets Leonardo, a military official. They marry. Some years later Leonardo and Gina's daughter is born
2) ACT II (1973)
The specter of the dictatorship can be felt in the air. There is a military coup in Chile. Gina is very famous. She has returned from an extended tour and she's getting ready to travel again. Her career is causing problems and her marriage is going through a crisis. Leonardo threatens to punish Gina if she goes on tour. Leonardo has a lover; Gina finds out and begins to drink. She initiates a relationship with an old friend; it's a story of impossible love. He has to leave Argentina. Gina and Leonardo separate and she is left with the child.
3) ACT III (1977-79)
There is a military dictatorship in Argentina.
Leonardo is involved in strange activities. He kidnaps their child and does not allow Gina to see her. A short while later Gina's lover dies in an accident. Gina discovers that the man was her stepbrother. She and her family suspect that his death was not an accident. Gina tries to commit suicide with a drug overdose.
4) ACT IV (1986)
Democracy has been restored in Argentina.
Gina's father is gravely ill. Gina has recovered, but it has been five years since she has sung. Her father dies. Gina wins her case and her daughter is returned to her. Her return gives Gina strength. She begins to practice and starts her career again very successfully. She has another comeback on TV. The program is the same as in the beginning. Gina sings the song that was interrupted by the Overture