It begins with a man (Roy) who has lost all hope for life. After a failed suicide attempt, he lies in hospital, aimless, motionless, despondent. It is here that he meets a young patient of seven (Alexandria) who he
tricks into bringing him painkillers with the intention of overdosing.
He manipulates her attention by telling vibrant stories about the journeys of five heroes (represented by ever-changing animation on a screen behind him and accompanied by an original score of live music).
As Alexandria becomes attached to these characters, Roy finds himself inspirited by her goodwill and innocence. Yet he finds his cynicism and dejectedness seeping into his storytelling – the fate of the heroes kept hostage by his increasingly despondent mind-set.