A family travels to a remote island in southern Chile. During the trip they try to convince the grandparents to support them financially to build a hotel in the place. Nicolás, the man who crossed them disappears, leaving the family trapped on the island, the smiles begin to disappear. With cold, without water and without certainties, tempers are diluted, exposing the tensions that each member of the family hides.
In the prelude to the twentieth century, Pedro arrives in Tierra del Fuego to photograph the marriage of Mr. Porter, a powerful landowner, with Sara a girl who becomes her obsession. Hoping to capture her innocent beauty, he betrays the forces that dominate these lands who strip Pedro of his privileges, forcing him to integrate into a society built upon the genocide of the SelKnam people, of which he becomes a complicit participant through his images.
Helen (9) lives in a cortiço (tenement) with her grandmother, Mrs. Graça, who supports the family with informal jobs, such as selling skewers. Still very naive, her biggest concern is buying her grandmother a birthday present: a makeup kit. The girl is going to bend over backwards to get the money and her search will reveal the daily life of those living in tenements, outlining a collective story from the network of relations that the girl establishes.
Emilia is invited to go back to her hometown in Patagonia to spread the ashes of Andrea, her best friend. Emilia pauses her life and travels for the ceremony. The snow and the wind of the south are the setting of a trip to the past in which she relives her friendship with Andrea, she accompanies her family in the mourning and is reunited with Julian, her first love, who has just become a father. Emilia scatters the ashes and with them she lets go of her past, her family, the south and also, of love.
Displaced by the violence that swept their town, Paloma and Lobo survive trying to love each other. Through thirst, fear and nostalgia, Paloma wishes to go back home but Lobo lives tied to a memory that stops him from returning.