One hundred years ago, at the Cascina Malpensa near Milano, a strange 'machine' takes off the ground. The take off is smooth but after 250 meters the machine dives down and smashes to the ground. The flight is brief but it triggers the birth of the first Italian airplane factory established by Gianni Caproni. A few years later he designed the first bomber in history and at the end of WWI he will employ 45000 people in his factories.
Today mario Marangoni and Giancarlo Zanardo take up the same challenge. On the basis of the original drawings done by Caproni in 1908 and 1909 they want to bring that tentative to life, facing the same difficulties, doubts and fears.
With a cross cutting approach, the film will tell both the intrepid start of the European aviation industry as well as the real making of the CA1. The difficulties our heroes are facing today will allow us to live through the most exciting moments of last century's greatest challenge: to fly!