The scene: a small provincial town in the seventies. Six years old Jean starts attending school. When all students are asked by the teacher what their parents do for a living, Jean realizes he's different from the others, feels uneasy and invents an answer: "My mom is a secretary." The truth is, his mom is always off travelling, and sends holiday greeting cards to Michèle, the little neighbor kid who knows how to read and recites them to Jean. Jean's imagination takes the better of him, as dream and reality begin to intertwine. Then, between September and Christmas of that year, Jean starts to get his head around things.