Po pomoti deček Kevin ostane sam doma, preglavice pa mu povzročata klateža.Osemletni Kevin McCallister si želi, da bi njegova družina enostavno izginila. Želja se mu uresniči, ko ga starši pozabijo vzeti na božično potovanje v Pariz. Kevin sprva uživa v samoti, vendar bo njegova svoboda zahtevala določeno ceno. Ko poskušata klateža Harry in Marv vdreti v njegovo hišo, se za Kevina prava zabava šele začne. Spoprijatelji se tudi s čudaškim sosedom, ki si ne upa vzpostaviti stika z odtujenim sinom.
It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice.