It is December 1938, the Spanish Civil War is still raging. Benedick and Claudio,
members of the Italian Volunteer Force aiding General Franco, return home to Messina
to spend their Christmas leave with Signora Leonata and her family. Waiting for them
are Beatrice and Hero. A marriage is swiftly arranged. A merry war of wit commences
between Benedick and Beatrice, but darkness soon enshrouds all concerned when a deadly
plot is contrived by a sinister force.