An impoverished little girl sweeps a quiet street in Italy in the 1940s. She is dressed in a worn-out dress with a large pocket in the front, which may hold some coins inside. She is not wearing any type of footwear, suggesting that the girl is struggling through poverty. Given the consequences of World War II in Italy, the war must have created a strong financial and emotional burden in this young girl's life, and so she is trying to adjust to changes in her life that occurred after the war. Her parents may no longer be with her, and so she must do what she can to create a living for herself. Several onlookers walk past the little girl, such as a man wearing a white tank top and dirty trousers folded up to the half of his calves. He is also wearing a typical painter's hat and shoes.