Single mother Harpa has
always been a misfit. Her physical appearance is unique among Icelanders: so
small she self-deprecatingly refers to herself as a dwarf, so dark-skinned she
doubts her genetic link to her father, so strange she nearly believed the
children who mistook her for a mythical creature of the forest. Even as an
adult, she struggles to make sense of her place in the world.
So when she sees how her
teenage daughter, Edda, has suffered since the death of her best friend, Harpa
sees no choice but to tear her away from her dangerous social scene in the
city. She enlists the help of a friend and loads her reprobate daughter and
their belongings into a pickup truck, setting out on a road trip to Iceland’s
bucolic eastern fjords.
As they drive through the
starkly beautiful landscape, winding around volcanic peaks, battling fierce
windstorms, and forging ahead to a verdant valley, their personal
vulnerabilities feel somehow less dangerous. The natural world, with all its
contrasts, offers Harpa solace and the chance to reflect on her past in order
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