The communists are gone, but life is still full of challenges. Both for Poland, and for 12-year-old Marzi, the strong-willed kid finding her voice in a country undergoing radical changes. As the country faces new issues like drug abuse and AIDS, Marzi’s piercing gaze notices fraying seams in her own community. “What ever happened to solidarity? If you want help, you’d better not be different.” Marzi is a natural champion for being different: she can’t stand the new capitalist shops, or how boy-crazy her friends are becoming. Will she find a place where she can just be herself?