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Amman, 1980s. Simsim, a 12-year-old cemetery cleaner and con artist, dreams of becoming a fisherman in Latakia, away from his greedy boss. Every day, Simsim and his friend Makki swap the flowers that are left at the tombs of the wealthy with garbage collected from the poorer areas of the graveyard. By doing so, the pair are able to trick rich mourners into tipping them to “control the rubbish problem”. As their boss squeezes every penny out of them, Simsim and Makki’s quest to save enough money to get away seems impossible. Fate intervenes when Simsim stumbles upon a bouquet of flowers and finds some cash hidden along with a series of love letters between a Circassian couple who are planning their own escape.