Aulikki is 17 and a high-school dropout. She can't get along with her parents. When her summer job comes to an end, she decides to head for Helsinki. In the big city she has her first love affairs - but Aulikki is not in love. On the contrary, she i
On the train to Helsinki Aulikki meets Petri, a boy from her neighbourhood. He does not seem to remember her but tells her that she can spend the night at his place anyway. Aulikki is supposed to stay with her aunt but accepts the invitation. Soon other men show an interest in her, too. Like the Russian immigrant, a wealthy elderly man who is infatuated with her, but fears being blackmailed. Or Babu, the cook, who dreams of running his own restaurant. Or Vieli who likes to wear women's clothes and confides in Aulikki. She observes these characters but keeps her emotional distance – until she too falls in love, with Sauli, a photographer, and jazz fan, as well as a tough nut to crack...
"With subtle wit, Marjaleena Lembcke turns young and old readers into admirers of her stories, which seem so much closer to us than far-away Finland." (Die Zeit)