After taping a segment on Carignano Palace in Turin for a television program, Olivia Baduer, a journalist, is made aware of a Native American bas-relief above each of the windows on the noble floor of the historical building, a detail she had failed to notice and include in her piece. She and her crew are taken on a journey back in time where history meets legend through the storytelling of an elderly gentleman by the name of Ginio Ravasio, also known as “the last of the Iroquois”.
Plume d’Or is a young Iroquois native who is brought back to Turin by Captain Piero Genevois upon his return from New France in 1670 after a victorious battle in which his Piedmontese regiment fought alongside a French regiment against the Iroquois. Most everyone, including the Captain’s wife Giacometta, the resident Jesuit priest and the household, view the young native as an outsider, a sort of spectacle, a savage. Except for Caterina, the count’s daughter, who returns home as a young woman and finds fascination with the young newcomer and eventually, true love. However, her father’s wishes for her to marry a rich marquis, coupled with her unorthodox quest for knowledge will cause turmoil in the noble Genevois household. The establishment sees this “friendship” as unacceptable: Caterina will be forced to marry a man of the right social status whom she does not love. Plume d’Or will be sent back to his native land.
Although a world apart, that which brings Caterina and Plume d’Or together is their common condition: they are both outcasts. It is this commonality that will bring them closer together spiritually and perhaps, intimately.