For survivors, an earthquake has no end. Not just for the ruins they see all around, not just for the recurring memories, but for its psychological consequences on those that have a direct experience of it. And for the guilt the survivors feel vis-à-vis those that died.
Marta, 12, lives in L’Aquila, where she is known by all as “Earthquake”. After the night of April 6, 2009 no one can call her this name again. The earthquake has changed her, not just her name.
Earthquakes cannot be predicted, but the tsunami following an earthquake can. And its route and the time it takes can be calculated. But it can also be predicted by observing the sea suddenly retract, as it happened in 2004 when Tilly, an English girl on holiday in Thailand, noticed this phenomenon and gave the alarm, thus saving lots of human lives. She had learned about the warning sign at school.
One year after the disastrous quake in L’Aquila, Marta and her class mates are busy setting up an exhibition on the event. Through a series of experiences and meetings, the protagonist changes from a girl to a young adult and acquires growing awareness. She learns to recognize quake-proof structures and the risks related to a land where earthquakes, sooner or later, occur. And she understands how she should behave when the earth trembles.
A tale based on a true story, to overcome fear with culture.