Clara Planck (56), a known Canadian-Jewish cellist, is invited to her home town in Poland to inaugurate a concert hall in 1972. During her visit she remembers the spring of 1941, when she lost her family. She was then married to Arthur, a young Jewish doctor. They had two daughters, Lisa (6) and Eva (3). During the German occupation, her family hides out at farm belonging to Emilia (26). On their way the farm, they are discovered by Germans and Eva is shot. Emilia hides the survivors in her attic. Clara, who looks Jewish, cannot leave. Arthur poses as Emilia’s cousin. A relationship develops between him and Emilia. He is torn, but Emilia will not hide them without fulfilling her love. Clara discovers the relationship and, realizing that her life depends on it, agrees that Arthur sleeps in Emilia’s bedroom. The arrangement is explosive. Emilia becomes pregnant and demands that Arthur cut his ties with his family. Arthur refuses, and Emilia asks them to leave. He manages to change her mind, but Clara can no longer stand the pressure - she takes Lisa and leaves. Arthur hides them at one of his former patient’s house, but a day later they are discovered by the Germans and sent to be executed. Emilia follows the column. Arthur instructs Lisa to go to her, but she is shot by a German guard. Arthur carries her body to the mass grave and is killed. Clara, who falls into the pit, is unhurt. She crawls out of the grave and escapes.