Andres, the main character of the film, is a sensitive teenager raised by his strict grandparents in a small bland Soviet Estonian town. He is being bullied at school and his only friends are the drunkards, whores, and thieves living next door. Among them are a rough but sensible recidivist Valter and the simpleminded fisherman Kolla. And the only way to escape from his worries is to go fishing on the lake... The film talks about boyhood, friendship, first love, loss of loved ones, self-discovery, and coming of age.
Film räägib loo kuueaastasest Leelost, kelle ema saadetakse stalinistlike repressioonide käigus Siberi vangilaagrisse. Ema tagasi ootav väike tüdruk peab õppima, kuidas jääda iseendaks vaatamata kodumaal toimuvatele süngetele ja kohati ka tragikoomilistele sündmustele.