town Sulina lies right in the no-man's-land of the Danube-delta, cut off
from the rest of the world. Ten years after the fall of the communist
regime the people here are worse off than ever. Sulina used to be a wealthy
trade town. But with the decline of communism the economic connections
petered out. The film portrays four of the region's inhabitants from three
generations who just manage to get by. 25 year old Nicu tries to make
a living as a fisherman. Together with a friend, he drags his boat across
the pack ice even in the winter to get to his nets - always in danger
of breaking through the ice. Ionut, 15, doesn't have a proper job. His
father cannot take care of him, so he sets out to steal whatever he can
find on the deserted ships from the Danube-fleet to sell it afterwards.
The old married couple Varvara and Toni live from hand to mouth as peasants.
There are regular arguments because Toni drinks too much and curses the
new government while Varvara is left with all the work. Varvara tries
to change her husband, using superstitious rituals.