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In 1992, Milan prosecutors launched the mani pulite investigation into Italy’s political corruption. This series follows six people whose lives are intertwined by the scandal which contributed to the collapse of several major political parties.
The arrest of politician Mario Chiesa ignites a nationwide scandal: Italy’s Tangentopoli. As the political fallout spreads across the country, we follow the intertwining lives and ambitions of six main characters, both the guilty and the innocent.
Showgirl Veronica Castello is on the verge of a big break, providing her with the fame that she craves. However, the Tangentopoli affair stops her TV career dead in its tracks. Pietro, a Gulf War veteran, takes on the challenge of politics.
When Veronica is given a second chance at success, her dreams once again seem attainable. Meanwhile, Beatrice "Bibi" Mainaghi, the black sheep in a power dynasty, is confronted with a familial responsibility that she had so far managed to elude.
All of the protagonists are faced with a major reboot in their lives; some have to take a step back to get started anew, whereas others suddenly get more than they had even dared to hope for. How will they handle these changes?
Police officer Luca gets close to Bibi’s projects for the powerful Mainaghi holding company. Meanwhile, ad man Leo undertakes a risky rise to power, while the entire country is shaken by a new and devastating attack at the hands of the Mafia.
It’s summertime and everything appears to be calm but in reality the old political establishment is hard at work on a major counterattack. Meanwhile, the main characters have to face the uneasy consequences of their ambitions.
Prosecutor Antonio Di Pietro fears there’s a wolf in the fold, as a spy is discovered within his Mani Pulite ("Clean Hands") investigation team. Adman Leo is close to fulfilling his political hopes and dreams, but he undergoes a crisis of faith.
Police officer Luca is ready to put everything at risk to get his revenge; his position within the Mani Pulite task force is compromised. Rising political star Pietro has to change course in order to save his relationship with Veronica.
Di Pietro and the Mani Pulite team name Prime Minister Bettino Craxi as a prime suspect. Our six main characters are confronted with extreme choices. It all builds up to a final judgement day: he who is willing to pay the most terrible price wins.