The story starts as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", overseas his daughter's wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the battle, but does not intend to become side of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands versus the nice of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to join the old ways and watch out for associate and "family". An up and coming competitor of the Corleone family wants to begin selling drugs in New york, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new roads will ask a bad price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family.