Janko, nicknamed Jimmy, Barca, has to leave his temporary employment as a seasonal worker, together with his girl friend, Lilica. Without a job, he starts on an uncertain path through life. His mother, a poor laundress, cannot help him; there is no place for him in the factories and enterprises. To get money, Jimmy steals from workers on a building site and, while running away from them, loses Lilica. Jimmy Barca`s long Odyssey starts.