The Icelandic village Vík í Mýrdal lies in the shadow of a volcano, Katla. The villagers' eyes have been fixed on it for centuries, trying to fathom the lurking danger. But Katla, covered by a massive glacier, reveals few of its secrets. In recent years, Vík has changed a lot and the awe its inhabitants felt for the fire-breathing mountain has faded into the background. The once feared volcano is now being used to attract tourists to the village. This shift in meaning is illustrated by three protagonists, from different generations and with disparate views on the forces of nature that surround them.