Ten-year-old Adrian's dreamy imagination distracts him from everyday life. His mother abandoned him when he was very young and he is regularly bullied at school. Neither his chronically depressed uncle nor his overworked grandmother understand the fantasy world where he escapes his feelings of isolation. Following the news of three missing children, a new family moves in next door. Adrian develops a friendship with the tomboyish, ten-year-old daughter Nicole and believes he is getting close to solving the mystery of the missing children.