Two Norwegian boys come of age in this dark drama with comic and tragic elements. The film is set in the 1960's. Naive Otto Olsen is the 16-year old son of working class parents. He is externally a very quiet boy, but internally something else abides. Otto is on a soccer team, but he is always on the bench.
His deeper nature is revealed when a mysterious older boy dares Otto to throw a rock at the referee during a game. A friendship slowly begins between the two young men.