Tino, an illegal immigrant from Cape Vert, travels to Portugal to escape poverty in his own country and to help the family he left behind. Adriano, an exploitative contractor, puts him to work in a construction site with several other clandestine laborers. During the day, the work is hard and the hours long. At night, they’re all forced to share a small house with no conditions in a slum on the outskirts of Lisbon. One day, an accident occurs and one of the workers dies on the site. The construction has to stop and Adriano blames Tino for it. He coarces him to manage the site until the embargo is lifted. Completely alone, Tino starts to live in the unfinished building. His existence becomes suspended in time and space as is the building’s construction itself.