Fedor Bondarchuk directs this Russian action movie set during the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II. The tussle between German and Russian forces for control of Stalingrad was one of the longest and bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. In the midst of the chaos a group of Soviet scouts under the command of Gromov (Pyotr Fyodorov) take residence in a civilian building while attempting to pave the way for a major Russian offensive. They quickly find themselves fighting to defend the building from German troops led by Peter Kahn (Thomas Kretschmann). To complicate matters, Kahn is in love with Masha (Yanina Studilina), one of the civilians sheltering in the building. Who will gain the upper hand, in love and in warfare, as the battle intensifies?