It's 1982 and teenager Ivan remains in Beirut while his parents are evacuated with the Palestine Liberation Organisation during the Israeli siege of the city. Their departure leaves Ivan free to try and befriend Eli, a Norwegian physiotherapist. To get close to her he agrees to help with the belligerent Youssef, a Sabra camp orphan disabled by a cluster bomb. Ivan also couriers fake documents around Beirut for the PLO. But when the president-elect is assassinated and the Israelis enter Beirut, events take a nasty turn. Ivan, caught up in the horror that makes international headlines, tries to salvage some good from the resulting chaos.