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 where he was imprisoned. 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 that his wife Maroussia and his daughter Nadia have died in a labour camp, he chooses to remain with his comrades.
However, things are far different from what Kotov believes. The two women are alive. Nadia, now an army nurse and convinced that her father is still alive, searches for him far and wide.
1943. KGB Major Arsentiev - Kotov’s nemesis, the man responsible for his arrest and imprisonment - is ordered by Stalin himself to locate the former general.
Will Arsentiev find him in a country devastated by war?
And why has Stalin ordered him to find Kotov after such a long time?