Spring, 1947. In the south-west of France, 12-year-old Pierrot lives an idyllic existence with his friends, who spend most of their days fishing in the canals. Pierrot’s parents manage a café that is popular with the local workers and sailors. His father dreams of building a ballroom, in spite of the cost and the work involved. But one day, Pierrot’s mother falls ill through exhaustion and her doctor orders her to take things more easily... Based on the uncommon boyhood of French musician Pierre Perrot, from living under German occupation during World War Two to learning at the feet of philosophers at his parent's café. While the occupation imposes restrictions and fear, Pierrot knows that his father discreetly carries out brave actions and that his mother can settle any conflict - in her own way.