Minsk, 1970. A formal meeting takes place to discuss awarding The Young Communist League of the Byelorussian SSR with the special Order. Maria Arkhipova, now an elderly woman, occupies an honourable seat on the panel, young and over-confident Galina Pomazan, whose heroic and impressive wartime record means she has the privilege of opening the meeting.
The officer of the State Security Service who is chairing the meeting wants to prevent an encounter between Maria and Galina, which he believes could stir up the past with serious ramifications.
Indeed, during Galina’s dramatic recounting of the execution of the Byelorussian people by German hangman, Gauleiter Wilhelm Kraube (based on the Nazi Wilhelm Kube), Maria can no longer suppress her anger and challenges Galina.
She believes that there must be another version of events that explains Kraube’s death from the official account on record. These two women and sisters in arms, must put their differences aside if they are to find out the truth. But its secrets are closely guarded, and exposing a cover-up will not be easy…