Selma is a Czechoslovakian immigrant living in Washington State in the 1950s. A genetic disease is making her go blind, and to prevent her young son from suffering the same fate she works double shifts at a factory to pay for an operation for him.
Her failing eyesight helps her to visualise her tough life as an idyllic Hollywood musical. However, those near to her are plotting to benefit from both her handicap and her generosity of spirit.
Monochrome, naturalistic drama contrasts startlingly with sudden bursts of colour and song, and as the viewer is pulled inexorably towards the truly harrowing but seemingly inevitable climax, even the hardest-hearted will be pleading for the tiniest of triumphs.