It's spring 1992. Jevrem Andric is 11-years-old, and brutal civil war is erupting in Sarajevo. They are trapped and face starvation and death. Jevrem's only comfort is his beloved grandmother, a tough WWII partisan who has seen everything there is to see in war. Five years later, what's left of his family has immigrated to Toronto, where spring feels like mid-winter and 16-year-old Jevrem is on a rampage, drinking, doing drugs and breaking into houses with his small gang of Yugoslav friends.