It is winter.
We see a room, simply furnished, pastel colours. A chair. A bookcase. A cello lies on it’s side.
Shadows of snow-filled branches tap at the window. A young girl’s voice sings a traditional Bulgarian folk song. We see a close up on a tiny village, nestled in the hills and lit by the Silver Moon. A boy and a girl gaze up, entranced by it’s magical beauty.
Olge enters, he stoops, but is still full of energy and vivacity. He unpacks his basket; a little christmas tree, an orange.
Sitting in his chair he chooses a little present for his granddaughter and wraps it. He hears Helda arrive.
Helda enters, arms full of branches for the fire. She greets her grandfather.Together they dress the tree, hang up stockings until Helda, begs for a story with her pop-up book.
Olge and Helda look at the moon, the source of their imagination. The moon rises and shone slight into their storytelling.
The book is opened, and the pair of them part in an adventure of a little girl dreaming of books that will carry her far up to the moon….Olge’s cello music accompanied by shadow puppetry.
Helda is enchanted by these stories. Tired, she puts her head down by the fire, and Olge rests his cello, leaving Helda her christmas packet.
Jurgen enters. He is a rich, spoilt boy with a lot of presents and no imagination. He is bored. He is also without a playmate – the loneliest little rich boy in the world.
To amuse himself he counts his presents, arranges them in size, then starts to open them. He is quickly bored and disinterested by the offerings of his parents.
Helda wakes up and opens her little present. Delighted by the paper, and by the cloth doll she has been given, she creates her own little world. Placing her pop-up on the shelf in order to work better, she is confused when it falls through to the other side…to another world, to the world of Jurgen.
Curious, Helda passes into the world of Jurgen, and into his world of books, presents and luxury. She imagines herself in one of her stories about palaces and castles. She is overwhelmed by all of the books have fallen on the floor during her passage from one world to another : she has never seen so many books before. The room is lit up with a huge christmas tree, with shiny presents. She starts to explore her new surroundings. Jurgen hides from this strange apparition.
The children bump into each other and frighten the other. Helda is overwhelmed by her surroundings. Jurgen is unbalanced by this strange and sturdy little girl.
Helda shows Jurgen where she has come from – this passage from her world into his. Together they arrange the books, except one, Helda’s book of folklorique stories, which she shows is dear to her.
Brave Helda shows Jurgen her cloth doll – and Jurgen, seeing this, shows Helda one of his presents.
Inspired by this she starts to play, in order to get over her nervousness, she uses the one thing that she is comfortable with : her imagination.
She starts to build a cabin with the rest of his presents. She snuggles down in her cabin and invites him in. Jurgen refuses; her game is silly. However the power of her imagination brings wind and rain and snow to Jurgen’s front room. He becomes wet and disorientated.
Helda helps him to shelter under a box, which becomes a flag in the wind, which becomes a telescope. They are at sea, the cabin has become a boat. A high tide pushes our two little heroes out to sea, and they become entangled with the waves, until, breathless and soaking, they arrive on the beach of Helda’s imagination.
In order to warm them, Helda creates a fire, using tissue paper from Jurgen’s presents. Jurgen joins in with her game, involving the toys they have.
Excited by the game, Jurgen looks in Helda’s story book. She 9s shocked and we see a flashback as to what this book reminds her of – storytelling with her grandfather : the time when he let her play his cello.
Back to Jurgen’s house, and Helda, shares this with Jurgen – they read the story book together and we see two children climbing a stairway of books to the moon and flying together on a winged book.
Saddened by this memory, nothing Jurgen does can cheer up held. He makes a castle, he tries to make his book fly like the one they saw in the storybook. He can tell she misses Olge.
He creates a robot, and in doing so, uses the magic of his imagination to bring her Grandfather into his world. She is delighted. She introduces Olge to Jurgen.
Olge and Helda start a folk dance in order to celebrate. Eventually Jurgen joins in, and they dance together, celebrating friendship and life.
The dance ends in the creation of a large staircase.
Olge gives them more paper to play with and together they create a marionette, with Helda and Olge making up the legs and the body, and Jurgen making the head.
This little puppet takes a running jump towards the moon, a moon which Jurgen has lit up from his own imagination. The puppet runs throughout the air, and then falls, and Jurgen and Helda are left holding a paper moon together, their hands touching.
Olge, seeing that the children are well, slips out without saying goodbye.
Helda hears the echoes of his cello, and looks for him. She realises it is time to go.
She leaves Jurgen with her pop-up book, and Jurgen offers her his own gift. The two children exchange goodbyes, knowing that their two lives have been enriched by the other and that they will never be the same again. They have lived a beautiful voyage together.
At her home, Olge is nowhere to be seen. She sees Olge’s cello. Helda picks up the bow and plays.
As soon as she pushes the bow across the strings, we see Olge in shadow, playing his cello.
The moon lights up, and the two children look towards it.