High in the Swiss Alps, a little boy Danny, has disappeared. Lucien (13) is identified with the catastrophic events and finds himself an outcast with his family, school friends, and especially the very hostile Annette (13) from the neighbouring farm. Desperate to escape, Lucien seeks refuge in the mountains where he meets an old woodcarver. With the acceptance and encouragement of this mysterious character, Lucien begins to find hope. However, when rejection comes again, he discovers that reconcilliation can be a costly business.