A snowy village in Russia during World War II. 16-year-old Semyon is once again playing in the forest in abandoned shooting ranges. His mother is looking for him and shots are fired. Frozen with horror, the desperate woman fears the worst.
The 1942 Red Army battle at Rzhev, fought at great cost and yet ultimately won. The focus of the many war action scenes is the self-sacrificing, heroic struggle of the Soviet soldiers for the fatherland. But for which fatherland? A question that arises time and again in the course of the plot.