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Txabi Etxebarrieta is a 19-year-old poet living with his family in Bilbao. When his brother falls ill, Txabi takes his place in the then-unknown anti-fascist group ETA, who are being investigated by an inspector known for torturing dissidents.
Three years later, during the longest strike of the Franco dictatorship, Txabi is elected leader of ETA. To assume his new role, he quits university and breaks up with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Inspector Manzanas obtains a photo of the young leader.
To fund ETA’s activities, Txabi and his comrades decide to rob a bank, adding pressure on Manzanas to secure an arrest. But when Txabi’s bombing plan goes wrong, Manzanas arrests and tortures his comrade until he gives up vital information on Txabi.
Txabi loses a notebook of poems during an escape from the police. Could this be the lead that Manzanas needs to catch Txabi? Manzanas also becomes a target when ETA takes a vote on which Francoist leader to execute first.