Salamanca, 1936. The Spanish army declares in the city the state of war, hoping to extend it to the rest of Spain. An aging Miguel de Unamuno, not only writer and academic teacher but one of the most recognized intellectuals in Spain, is disappointed with the Republic that he publicly helped to create and supports the
new revolt in the hope to clean the country of the undesirable elements. His change of mind creates problems with his close friends teacher Salvador and priest Atilano, and his daughters María and Felisa. At the same time Salamanca's mayor is arrested and his wife asks help from Unamuno.