A strange, but compelling parable in the spirit of Eastern philosophy, promoting sacrifice and human goodness. Edi, a gentle alcoholic, and Jurek work as scrap-metal pickers in a grimy urban area. They spend their money on booze. In the hovel they share at the edge of town, Edi's prized possession is a library of found classic books that he keeps in an broken refrigerator. Edi's literary bent draws the attention of the fearsome brothers. These two vulgar and ruthless men run various illegal businesses. They demand that Edi tutor their 17-year-old sister, Princess, whom they are keeping under lock-and-key. Princess, however, is not interested in her studies. She is having an illicit relationship with Gypsy, an associate of her brothers. When Princess discovers that she is pregnant, she accuses Edi of rape, sparking a painful cycle of revenge and redemption.