An animated drama by Danish grand master Jannik Hastrup. In a den in the fells a polar bear gives birth to a cub, but the cub is stillborn. The polar bear is so grief-stricken at the loss of her cub that she lies down on the ice to die. In a cabin some way off, a woman bears a strong and healthy boy. The she-bear's mate steals the baby and brings him out onto the ice. The little boy is raised by the she-bear, learning all the skills a bear requires. No easy task for a little boy! The woman who lost her baby boy is deeply aggrieved and her husband vows to bring back their son and kill the bear. And then begins the hunt. When the boy's father finds the tracks in the snow, he kills the bear and the little boy is returned to his mother.
But the boy can't settle down among humans, he feels that he is a bear. He heads back to the fells to learn how to become a real bear and seeks out the Spirit of the Fells who tells him that if he really is a bear, then he must undergo the three 'bear trials': He must fight the Sea, the North Wind, and worst of all, Loneliness.