Young Artur a 9 year old boy and his mother have an especially close bond, compensating in their own way for a life without hope and without the father. Paweł, the father, returns unexpectedly and takes Artur to an orphanage without the knowledge of his mother.
The harsh realities of the orphanage and fear are overcome by the comfort that his mother will soon come and take him away from this place. The one ray of hope is the caring Anna, whose own past is brought to the forefront on meeting Artur, is he the child she can help so that this can be the catalyst of change in her own life?
Meanwhile Maria (the Mother) left in her world full of demons fuelled by alcohol and drugs tries to come to terms with the loss of Artur as she begins a desperate search to find him. As she disapears in a vacum of hopelessness her desperation is revealed in a childrens playground, she is placed in a woman’s refuge for her own safety, the realisation is a simple choice for her as she deals with her demons, knowing that she will someday be with Artur again if she can only sort out her destructive, abusive behaviour.
Their reunion turns into a test of humanity and hope which pushes the mother and son (and the newly found influence and kindness of Anna) relationship to the limits as their reunion is brought to a premature end.
A mesmerising human drama set against the broken industrial heartland of southern Poland.