Everything begins in Belgium, where Max Howard, his parents, and his sister Claire have recently relocated. He ﬁnds it challenging to quickly adapt to his new surroundings. He had to redo sixth grade in a French school, which was the worst letdown.
In his home's basement, he one day found a wine cellar. Ahmed, a Syrian teenager of 14 years old who lacked identiﬁcation and was running away from authorities, is lying there. He was alone himself and had no relatives with him. They gradually became good friends as they exchanged stories over the course of the days.