Carolina Rambaldi isn't fulfilled by her three children: Marcello, a lazy do-nothing, Lucrezia, a bossy type who produces a TV show, and Cesare, homosexual and malicious, who's a sociologist. When she writes her will, Carolina leaves her property to the one child who's married and had a child in the past year and a half. Cesare and Lucrezia are furious with her demands, since they're incapable of meeting them. Marcello, on the other hand, marries a dangerous killer called Marina. Marina gets pregnant right away but unfortunately has a miscarriage. She discovers that there's a clinic in Germany that specializes in embryo transplants for sterile women. She convinces her twin sister Angela to take her place while she flies to Germany to have the operation. But Cesare finds out about her plan and causes an explosion on the airplane Marina is travelling on. So Angela goes to Germany to have the transplant that Marina was scheduled for
Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market.
A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters.
When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy.