Following the death of his mother in '80s Poland, 12-year-old Wojciech has become the main punching bag for his sadistic father. Administering beatings with his belt for the slightest provocation, Wojciech's father occasionally tries to bond with the kid but soon snaps back to abusive habits. Apart form Wojciech's friend, Bartek, no one does anything to help. Jump to present day, Wojciech is a furrow-browed journalist who spends most of his spare time spelunking alone. Just like his father, he has serious anger management issues. Fellow caver Tania feels inexplicably attracted to him but the love of a good woman may not be enough.