Austria in the 1950s. Franzi, eleven years old, lives in a small town with her parents. Photographs are to her what picture books are for other kids. She spends days and nights between dream and reality, ‘bringing to life’ the photographs her dad took in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia while being stationed there as a foreign legionnaire. The images are enigmatic and spark her imagination, fascination and horror never lie far apart. The father’s feverish dreams, triggered by a recurrent surge of malaria, become the girl’s nightmare.