Didrik is haunted by memories of his childhood friend Ulrik who died at a young age. Several decades after Ulrik’s death, he still doesn’t know how to fill the void. In an attempt to breathe life into his charismatic and unpredictable friend, he sits down to write.
The story begins in Saarenland, a fictitious island state in the Baltic Sea, early in the twentieth century. Didrik starts school, where he meets Ulrik Pomerantsev, a boy who captivates him with his charisma and confidence. The two children form a strong bond. But as they grow up, their friendship is put to the test: Ulrik aspires to be a composer and wants to explore the world, while Didrik is unsure of his dreams and prefers that everything remains as it always has been.
Live, Phantom is a journey through memories, a meditation on friendship, and a portrait of an artist. It is also the story of a small nation and the profound changes the country undergoes over fifty years, in a time when Europe is undergoing tremendous transformation.