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Corrado is a high-ranking official of the Italian Ministry of the Interior specialising in international missions to combat illegal immigration. The Italian government has picked him to deal with one of the thorns in the side of European border control: the smuggling of people by boat from Libya to Italy. Corrado’s mission is a highly complex one: post-Gaddafi Libya is racked by deep internal tensions and squaring Libyan reality with Italian and European interests seems impossible. Corrado, together with his Italian and French colleagues, moves between corridors of power, ports and detention centres for migrants. He is under great strain, but this grows even greater when he breaks one of the main rules of self-protection for those working to counter immigration: never get to know any of the migrants, consider them only as numbers. But Corrado meets Suada, a Somali woman who is trying to escape from detention in Libya and who crossed the sea to join her husband in Europe. How can the law of the state and the human instinct to help someone in difficulty be reconciled? Corrado tries to find an answer in his private life, but his crisis grows ever deeper and worms its way dangerously into the order of things.