A searing, epic tragedy of lives caught up in the violent, unstoppable wheels of an earth-shattering war - the long-awaited sequel to Nikita Mikhalkov's Academy Award-winning "Burnt by the Sun".
1941. Five years have passed since the destinies of General Kotov and his family were irrevocably changed.
At the beginning of the war, Kotov miraculously escapes from the camp to which he was sentenced. Believed dead by the Soviet administration, he enrolls as a private in a voluntary battalion and goes to the front. On the battlefield, he is merciless in combat against the Germans. After being gravely injured, Kotov is repeatedly offered an honourable discharge but, believing his wife Maroussia and his daughter Nadia to have died in a labour camp, chooses to remain with his comrades.