Harrowing Russian wartime drama, recounting the devastating Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union through the experiences of a young boy in Belarus. Young Florya (Aleksei Kravchenko) is forcibly recruited by the partisans, who are fighting a desperate behind-the-lines battle against the German invaders. Exposed to scenes of vicious conflict and brutality, Forya stumbles through a blasted landscape, witnessing atrocities as the Nazis ethnically cleanse villages and towns. Disorientated after surviving a German bombing raid on the forest where he is hiding, Florya joins the female partisan Glasha (Olga Mironova), and together they set off to retrace their steps back to Florya's village. But what they find there is only more death and destruction, until Florya becomes completely numb to the horrors of war.