Middle-school teenage suburbanite Jo Idstad (Ask van der Hagen) lives with his widowed mom Else (Andrine Saether, "Junk Mail") somewhere near Oslo. Ever since Jo's dad died a couple of years ago (shown slipping in the shower, in a blackly comic flashback), overprotective Else has frightened Jo out of doing anything dangerous, including soccer. Like all his other friends, studious Jo is an avid collector of international soccer-player cards; everyone wants to get his hands on the rarest -- the one showing Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina.
Jo's thuggish classmate Tom Erik (Jostein Skranes Brox) has coerced Jo into regularly doing his homework for him, a chore that eats considerably into Jo's spare time. But when a new girl, pretty and clever Mari (Susanne Boucher), arrives at school, Jo begins to feel the need to develop more assertiveness. When a Liverpool goalie card falls into his hands, he finally sees a way out.