1946: Stalin launches a vast propaganda campaign aimed at Russian emigrants
living in the West, offering them an amnesty, a Soviet passport and the chance
to participate in the post-war reconstruction of the USSR. Alexei Golovine,
an emigrant living in France responds to this appeal along with many others.
He decides to return to the mother country which he has missed so deeply, taking
his young French wife, Marie, and his son Serioja, with him.
On arrival in Odessa, Stalin's welcome is not what they had expected. Many
of their travelling companions are executed on the spot or sent to forced
labor camps. Alexei and his family escape this fate and are sent to Kiev simply
because the Soviet authorities realise that they have much to gain from this
young doctor. He will be paraded as an example, a model "returnee". This is
the price Alexei has to pay to save Marie and Serioja.