After the death of his wife, Cheng, a professional cook from China, travels with his young son halfway around the world to a tiny village in Finland to see his old Finnish friend, who he once met in Shanghai. It’s the most remote place Cheng can imagine, with endless forests and thousands of lakes.

Nobody in the village seems to know his Finnish friend, but Cheng keeps looking for him and starts spending time helping a local cafe owner, Sirkka, by cooking Chinese food for her customers. The villagers don’t easily accept strangers into their community, but Cheng’s cooking opens doors, and soon he gains acceptance, friendship – and finally even love – within the community.