Two-part epic film showing the chaos of the last days of the war, the great migration onto post-German territories, fights with hordes of looters, the efforts of people trying to adapt to the new post-war reality. The action is set on two time planes connected by a young couple.
Anna – a student of journalism and Tomek – a student of the University of Technology meet while holiday trekking. Their interest is aroused by an old photo they are both familiar with that comes from a military magazine dated 1945 and shows a group of soldiers on a tank. For Anna’s mother – Maria the photo is a precious souvenir. One of the soldiers in the photo is Tomek’s father – Piotr. Anna wants to get to know who the other soldiers are, she intends to make a report about their war experience and the current situation. Talking to other identified persons they slowly learn about Tomek’s father’s and Maria’s mother’s history abounding in a number of tragic events taking place in the stormy times of the new Poland.
The stories they hear, step-by-step, reveal the truth about their background.