Helmer, a farmer, takes care of his elderly father in the remote Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination. Deciding he needs some personal space. Helmer moves his father upstairs, buys himself a double bed and creates his own makeshift apartment. As he attempts to find happiness within himself, a series of encounters with adolescent farmhand Henk awakens desires he has tried hard to repress.