The action takes place at the end of the XIX century.A boy named Marco lives with his family in the port city of Genoa (Italy). His father, Pietro Rossi - a physician who devotes all his time to treating poor patients, so the family is experiencing financial difficulties. Marco `s mother, Anna Rossi, goes to Argentina, where he is hired servant.After some time from her letters stop coming, and when correspondence resumed Marco learns that his mother is ill. Since my father is too busy at the hospital, and older brother, Tonio, studying in Milan at the locomotive driver, Marco he goes on the search for the mother. He takes with him Amedeo, monkey elder brother.Together they get on board, " Andrea Dora " vessel, sailing in Brazil. In Brazil Marco boards a ship of immigrants and, finally arriving in Buenos Aires.
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