Marquis, an eleven-year-old Roma boy grows in a plywood slum in Kirtimai, a suburb of Vilnius. The deeply rooted poverty of the Roma, their lack of civil rights and exasperation mark everyday life of his family. The artist Arūnė Tornau appears in Kirtimai and breaks this kind of everyday life for Marquis. She organises a project for the integration of Roma children and establishes a summer drawing camp for Roma children.
One morning Jonathan Freud appears in the camp speaking with the children purely in their native tongue. He is not a Gypsy. In 1960s when the generation of “flower people” followed The Beatles to India, a boy from a rich Jewish family in Stockholm strove to learn about the monadic life of Roma people and travelled alone to Romania. Jonathan Freud became one of few experts in Roma ethos. He speaks their language freely, knows their customs very well; Roma people have entrusted him with the knowledge of their secret law. Jonathan travels through the new countries of the European Union researching how they realise human rights for the Roma people, looking for the ways of Roma integration and preservation of their identity, creating a mutual trust between Roma communities and the new societies of Central and Eastern Europe.
Freud and the film director Saulius Beržinis decide to go to Romania and visit a monadic Roma family who had adopted Jonathan forty years ago and taught him the secret Roma law allowing him to understand the Roma way of life. They decide to take Marquis, whose drawings have fascinated the researcher, with them.