Hidden in a van, the 9-year-old Roman crosses borders from the Ukraine to Germany to be reunited with his mother Oksana. But he finds her not alone. She lives with a 62-year-old widower, whom she takes care of as a private nurse, working illegally. When Roman finds his mother in bed with the old man, he desperately struggles for her attention. Then, Oksana falls seriously ill and mother and son are separated once more. Soon after, Roman finds himself trapped in a remote place, cut off from civilization, and totally dependent on his rival.