In a world of impossibly high mountains that tower above a sea of cloud covered forests, a young girl, Stina, tries to deal with the reality of a living in superstitious and oppressive army town. With her surrealy disabled uncle and unforgiving aunt making her life increasingly difficult, she seeks distraction with Gunter, an aspiring soldier who may or may not be just what she wants. As they start to get comfortable, a travelling fair of gypsies arrive, led by a mysterious pipe smoking war veteran, the Pipe Catcher. He offers a glimpse of an exotic world beyond the town, but also opens the door to a much darker destiny that threatens the life of the boy she loves. As night falls and the moon rises Stina is drawn into a mystery she cannot resist.