A nameless boy and his aging uncle live in isolation at the edges of Chicago. 

Together, they inhabit a dream world, defined and explained by the Uncle, full of magic, omens, and secret messages.  A childhood spent roaming the forest, in long meandering drives looking for roadkill, while learning to create taxidermy 'masterpieces' comes to a sudden end when Uncle decides to abandon their home.

Riding in a car filled with Uncle's masterpieces, they travel across Chicago, following the river and examining the bridges that 

 

As his Uncle descends deeper into delusions,  driving the streets of a changing city that has left him behind, the boy discovers the final lesson of his apprenticeship from a dangerous, transformative perspective.