The film explores the mental landscapes of Finland, it reflects images and impressions of today against the idealized image of our home country that emerged in the spirit of national romanticism during the 19th century. The film focuses on Ferdinand von Wright (1822 - 1906), the youngest of the painter brothers, who spent his whole life on his familys manor Haminalahti outside Kuopio in Eastern Finland. He represents the past Finland painting his idyllic landscapes and carefully executed pictures of birds - while the Narrator of the film makes his odyssé through Finland meeting relevant people: a painter, an ornitologist, a collector of paintings and the head of the von Wright family. Ambiguous and comprehensive themes are merged by the Narrator into a film esssay moving freely in space and time. The journey alternates with fictive scenes from the hermit life of Ferdinand von Wright in his house ”Lugnet” (”Peace”) at Haminalahti among his birds and roses.