When Fred and his companion try to hide a heavy ATM in the trunk of a car after a burglary, they are spotted by a police man who gives them a big fine. This is too much for the two men and they start to attack the police man.

Running from the police they end up in the most absurd situations. They have serious trouble surviving and are having a hard time not to drown, literally and figuratively, in their pool of misery. The companion does not survive and Fred is left behind. In battles between life and death he is struggling his way through dreams and fears until a wonder saves him from his last heartbeat. 

Vis à Vis performed Onderstroom in 2003 at the Island of Brienenoord (Eiland van Brienenoord) in Rotterdam.