Unemployed father Ricci searches for work so he can provide for his wife Maria and young son, Bruno. One morning, a position becomes available for someone with a bicycle to hang posters across the Italian capital. Ricci seizes the opportunity and successfully retrieves his trusty two-wheeler from the local pawnshop. Unfortunately, the bicycle is stolen - perhaps by another resident in search of a job for his family - and Ricci and Bruno head into the city to track down the thief, without any help from the police, who have much better things to do with their time.
- Vittorio De Sica