Jenny (von der Lippe) tells the life story of her good friend Dane Espen Arnakke (Goster-Waldau)
through reading a book he wrote later in life. The tale talks about his miserable adolescence in the
Danish town of Jante, his escape from there on board a ship en route to Newfoundland, his life in
Canada, and how one person, namely John Wakefield (Graham) can spoil so much for another.