In Florence, the young carpenter Arturo dreams of becoming a great writer. In fact he has the talent to be able to write fantasy stories for children, and so he is snubbed by Italian critics. However Arturo does not give up, and sends the proofs to a famous Florentine editor. Meanwhile, the family of Arturo is broke because his uncle is gone bankrupt with an useless shop. But fame for Arturo arrives early, because the publisher remains excited about the fantastic stories, and so the book is published with the title: The Fish in Love. Arturo starts to know celebrity and wealth, but soon gets bored, because he feels himself suffocated by the fame. Indeed Arturo falls in love with beautiful Matilde, promised in marriage to a pompous man of Bergamo. With her, Arturo flees into a house in the woods, and plans a new life, just like in the fairy tales.