The scene is Hungary, Budapest, 1951, the tragic years of Stalinism. It's thunderous
political slogans about a new, humanistic society, the power of the people. In
the meantime, crowds of people get arrested, there are feigned legal actions and
internments. Several tens of thousands who are considered politically unreliable
are evacuated from the cities and big towns to the sparsely inhabited parts of
The film tells the story of a family with three children, making us see the events through the eyes of the protagonist, a boy of eight. With an ancient instinct, the mother demands unconditional compliance from the father who refuses to give up his moral bearing. By the time the years of internment are over, the family disintegrates under the pressure of the ordeals.