A hot summer in a countryside. Everything is falling apart, people live on gathering all sorts of garbage and wastes; scattered, worn out objects cover the farmyards enclosed by wobbly fences. The main character, Paweł , makes his living by collecting scrap metal. He lives with his elderly and mentally ill mother that he cannot cope with, thus he drives her away from home. He has a fiancée, they are planning to get married. But one day Paweł suddenly disappears, nobody knows where he is. His neighbours start to steal different things from the desolate house. At the beginning they do it bashfully, in secret, under cover of darkness, later on, they continue completely openly. At one moment the whole community gathers around the house and takes everything that may be of any use. Paweł returns to his home village, but there is nothing to come back to. And because it is most difficult to forgive the wrongs we did to the others, the community will not let Paweł stay.