Björn, un sueco profesor de literatura, alquila una habitación en la casa de un policía retirado. Entre ellos surge una extraña amistad a medida que en La Habana empiezan a sucederse una cadena de insólitos asaltos.
Masquerading as a Swedish literature professor in Cuba, a thief plots a spectacular jewel heist. He ends up with more than he bargained for when he falls for the daughter of a retired police officer and is practically adopted by her family. Immersed in the colorful sights and sounds of Havana, the seemingly innocent tourist must "Pretend to be the Swede" (literally and according to the Cuban phrase refers to he person that pretend to be a fool in front of the other) and even give an impromptu lecture on Pippi Longstocking before he can commit the near perfect crime. But will his double life cost him the woman he falls in love with? After swiping the treasure, he hurries to the airport to catch a flight out of the country. It is decision time. Which jewel should he choose: the one he has stolen, or the one who has stolen his heart?