Theo and her yong , irresponsible mother seem trapped in their misserable , poverty stricken life. Theo dreams of belonging to a "real " family with two parents and brothers and sisters , and her dream seeems to come true when she is mysteriously adopted by a large , waam family , the Kaldors.
For the first time in her life , Theo has brand new clothes and things of her on , security and good friends . But as time passes , the magic of Theo's new life begins -literally- to fade, and soon she finds herself back with her mother. Were the Kaldors real , or just a dream ? And who is the shadowy figure that haunts Theo's thoughts ?