莉威亚（安娜·加列娜 Anna Galiena 饰）年轻美丽，嫁给了年长28岁的文化权贵卡罗（Antonio Salines 饰），过大的年龄差距，令莉威亚一直在情感和情欲上感到不满足。一次话剧演出，莉威亚认识了年轻英俊的纳粹军官哈罗特（加布埃尔·加科 Gabriel Garko 饰），迅速与他坠入情网。莉威亚的爱浓烈且毫无保留，始终对哈罗特欲火炽热，而哈罗特却只是逢场作戏，贪图她的身体和金钱。这个纳粹军官其实内心深深厌恶和咒骂战争，因此只想从女人身上骗到钱，退役过好生活，但也无法阻止莉威亚的爱和欲望将两人带向毁灭……March 1945 Asolo, Italy. Livia Mazzion, the attractive wife of a top ministry official, slips into the car of lawyer Ugo Oggiano, Livia's admirer and her husband's informer. Livia must reach Venice and her lover Helmut Schultz, a Wermacht lieutenant, as beautiful and accursed as a pagan god, with whom she is having a burning love affair. During the trip she relives the high points of her devastating sexual abandonment gone adrift, one that has shattered her life and her destiny, swallowing her up in the ruinous vortex of a sybaritic and bituminous Venice. The city, in the throes of the final months of the war, is rife with traffickers, officials, nabobs, military brass, sharks and adventurers of every kind. Yet a surprise awaits Livia upon her arrival in Venice, a surprise in which the heroes' own personal defeats interweave with those public, as historical and political events now seek to settle accounts.