Wrestling with the Devil follows a Southern Italian boy, Antonio Russo, on a journey across nations and into the far reaches of his soul. He is separated from his family at the age of ten and placed alone on an ocean liner in the Bay of Naples- sacrificed for his parent's dream of a better life. In Italy Antonio runs through the fields, works on his family's farmland, and roasts chestnuts over the fire in the evenings with his grandmother. But his parent's goal was to rise from the impoverished life they were living. They found a way to do this but it would mean parting with their eldest child. They did the unthinkable, and thus begins the journey of this young boy's life.