Set in post-communist, pre-war Serbia, a smart 10-year-old boy lives with his quarrelsome young parents and sick sister. While Papa teaches music and Mama searches for her identity in a job, Nikola is left on his own. He finds the warmth and understanding that are missing at home in the company of the elderly people his mother shops and cleans for. Because of their advanced age, however, the old folks start disappearing. Faced with the pain of their loss, it isn't clear whether Nikola will grow up, or retreat into a world of pleasant dreams.