It's a story based on a novel "The Etude" which is written by Jonas Mekas, a Lithuanian filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called the godfather of American avant-garde cinema. It's a poetical story about two young theatre actors who are given a task - to create an étude, to imagine a story. Through their rehearsal they are trying to recreate a true event of their life in order to find a peace in their souls. By discovering the beauty of small details in life young people are trying to get rid of their fear for death in understanding that death is a memory of one's living. The dot is the ending - and the beginning.
A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.
A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.
Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her subject, but her routine is forever altered when a former star pupil and his unsupportive father reenter her life.