Guido lives in a pre-WWII Italy. He wins over the woman of his dreams with his sense of humor and ability to make any situation positive. They have a son. He teaches his son with the same zest for life. When they are thrown into a concentration camp together, he tells his then 6-year old son that it is a game and if they play by the "rules" and win all the "points" that they will win a real tank. Guido never reveals the horrors of what is really happening all around them.