Gilberto Romano, a young, rising opera singer, is having difficulty supporting his wife and three small children. Gil was a student of the opera and some say he is similar to the famous American tenor, Mario Lanza. He is the son of Italian Immigrants and was raised in the mid-western part of America. He began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 15. The story opens with Gil a divorced man in his upper thirties.
Gil's father-in-law, Mr. Rizzo, meddles in Gil's marital affairs and is instrumental in getting his daughter, Gabrielle, to divorce him. Mr. Rizzo thought that his young, beautiful, daughter should not have married someone unable to offer financial security.
This story plays out as an opera staged as an actual opera theater class performs Italian operas depicting the storyline.