The Gold family survived the Holocaust in Hungary and emigrated to Australia, where however the Frank teenage son gets sick of poliomyelitis. In the sanatorium called The Golden Age he meets a poison, Elsa, and falls in love with her. Meanwhile their families are struggling with identity and integration problems. Frank's mother, Ida, famous pianist when she lived in Hungary, refuses the idea that her new home is in this distant and semi-asert continent. Even the mother of Elsa, Margaret, struggles to hold the disease of her daughter's disease. The splendor of the amorous relationship between the two little boys will give new light to the lives of all these characters.