Eleven-year old Alec is a solitary kid who spends a lot of time daydreaming and fantasizing about his father, a ship's doctor and his exotic travels to faraway places. One day a stranger brings an even stranger parcel to Alec's house, a present from his Dad. Inside he finds a collection of magnificent cocoons. One morning the cocoons open and the most wondrous butterflies emerge. One of them, however, turns out to be more that just a butterfly and he names her Urugu. Urugu completely overtakes Alec's every waking moment, until the night of his father's long awaited return.