The 7-year-old girl, Solvej, lives alone with her mentally ill mother in a messy apartment. Her mother is sick, but Solvej cannot see why, because the sickness is inside her mothers head. Solvej eats canned food and goes to school in her dirty clothes. Amidst all the mess, Solvej dreams herself away in her drawings, which come alive to take her away from the world, she's been placed in. In her troubled daily life, there are only small beams of hope. When her mothers mental illness worsens, it is up to Solvej to fight and accept the terms, she and her mother are faced with.