In the summer of 1981, a 9-year-old girl is left behind in her aunt's care while the rest of her family goes to Africa as aid workers. The aunt is soon courted by a man and leaves the girl with the promise to return in a few days. The abandoned girl keeps this a secret from everyone and uses her freedom to discover the world around her as the summer passes by. With sharpening senses she gradually discovers the often absurd and careless world of adults.
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