Helmer lives on a remote farm in the flat expanses of the Dutch Platteland with his elderly father, caring for a small flock of sheep and his two beloved donkeys. It is a life he did not wish for; forced to return home following the death of his twin brother many years before. Deciding a change is needed, Helmer moves his dying father to an upstairs room, and begins to decorate. One day, his brother's former fiancee appears unannounced, with her teenage son. Choices appear before Helmer for the first time. Will he be able to seek the life he wants, or has it escaped his grasp?