In a remote coastal village in 1698, fishermen fight for their survival as the winter pack ice shifts. A priest1s son spots a small creature on a drifting iceberg, and thinks it1s an evil spirit. When the creature saves him from disaster, he discovers it1s a boy. His family takes the boy into their home. Superstitious local fishermen claim the boy is the cause of their hardships and demand he be banished or killed.