In this film, set in Latvia in the late 19th century, Edgars, the coachman of Alaine Manor, loves Kristine, the washerwoman's daughter, although he is too hot-headed for Kristine's mother to consider him a good suitor for his daughter. The servant Viskrelis and stable boy Sutka try to tempt Edgars to a life of drinking and a relationship with the barmaid Matilde. Meanwhile, Kristine is courted by the rich land owner, Akmentins.
There are places that we don’t want to know anything about, places that we would rather pretend don’t exist at all. One such place is a dumpsite. From the humans’ point of view, it is a ghastly place, a stinking desert of trash. But it’s a desert that is teaming with life.
Little Tom Thumb is very difficult to live with the evil stepmother who exploits him making different goods to sell later. Shepherd boy decides that it can not continue this way any more. Despite the grandmother and sister Lienite attempts to dissuade him, but the decision of going to seek happiness in the world is made. On his way Tom Thumb meets mother Wind, Forest mother and little old man. Everyone of them give him a chore to do that earns him a gift. Every of these gifts has a magic power. The good wizards help him defeat Scrooges, Lop-Eared Man and the Devil himself. While traveling in the world and looking for happiness he misses his grandmother and little sister. At the end his only wish is to go to "Happy world" that turns out is home.
The film is an emotional story about fateful historical events in the 20th century, which took place in three Baltic countries- Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The story is also about their efforts to gain independence.
A poetic documentary observation of everyday life in a Latvian fishing village, where centuries-old traditions and wind-hardened men and women live alongside the optimism of new construction and the smiling faces of the new generation.