»Ten year old Mattis lives with his foster mother Martha in a giant tree, which is the last hideaway amongst a dead swampy landscape. Outside in the rocky desert lurks the creature in black, which gloats over watching living things die and waits for an occasion to destroy the little familiy‘s home. When Mattis was a newborn, the creature in black hunted his mother into death and Martha saw herself forced to take the child with her, despite her high age and poverty. But as the provisions of the little garden in the tree crown run out and trigger a hunger crisis, the creature in black allures the boy with a trick into its territory - the rocky desert. There, Mattis has to pass a final examination to rescue himself and Martha. But this painful experience confesses him the huge burden of growing up.«​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 
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