Thirteen-year-old Rits – actually Maurits – doesn’t have it easy. His father is off travelling with his new girlfriend and his mother is so distraught that she’s ended up in an institution. Rits is staying with his Uncle Corry, who spends his days drinking beer and reading angling magazines. Rits does his very best to introduce a little structure into his uncle’s life, but that’s no simple task.
Fortunately, Rits has his writing book, which he uses to describe his stay with Uncle Corry and the friendship he forms with Rietje and the – sometimes rather peculiar – members of her family, who he gets to know one by one.
At the same time, he worries about his unhappy mother and keeps hoping for a message from his father, who he hasn’t heard anything from in a long time.