A jaded bank official goes to a meeting to find the fifteenth century Florentine ruler Lorenzo the Magnificent waiting to receive him. Inspired by this audience, he seeks out an old guidebook annotated by an Edwardian adventurer and follows its trail to Northern Italy. Guided by signs, visions and strange meetings, he travels the great cities of Italy in search of an old Roman dynasty. As he struggles to balance this fantastical journey with his duties at work, he realises he can never go back to the old life. What's more, he discovers he is not alone on his quest.