‘According to his mother Jack Burns was an actor before he was an actor but Jack’s most vivid memories of childhood were those moments when he felt compelled to hold his mother’s hand. He wasn’t acting then.’ Jack Burns’ mother Alice is a tattoo artist in search of the boy’s father a virtuoso organist named William who has fled America to Europe. To fund her journey she plies her trade in the seaports of the Baltic coast. But her four-year-old son’s errant father can’t be found and soon even Jack’s memories of that perplexing time are called into question. It is only when he becomes a Hollywood actor in later life that what he has experienced in the past comes into telling play in his present.