Fernando is a 35-year-old ornithologist. He decides to go down a river in a kayak, hoping to find extremely rare black storks. Distracted by the beauty of the landscape, Fernando is soon thrown overboard by the current, and his motionless, bloody body reaches the riverbank.
Somewhere in South America. Morgue-Man, in his early 70s, has an exceptional ability to recall every single detail of his past three decades, except anyone’s name. About to be retired, he’s in charge of a nearly forgotten remote morgue by the border of a huge cemetery. One day, the militias raid his morgue to hide the corpses of the civilians shot dead during public demonstrations. When the militias leave, the Morgue-Man finds the body of an unknown young girl. He wishes to give her a proper burial before the militias come back. Above the usual bureaucratic obstacles, he seeks the help of his friend, the Gravedigger, and an Old Woman who has been searching for her daughter, missing since the tragic summer of 1988.