Shortly before dawn, Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), German military governor of Paris, prepares to execute Adolph Hitler's orders to blow up the French capital. Bridges and monuments are all rigged to explode. And yet, Paris is not destroyed. Why did von Choltitz refuse to carry out the Fuhrer's commands, despite his boundless loyalty to the Third Reich? Could it have been Raoul Nordling (Andre Dussollier), Swedish consul-general to Paris, who made the General change his mind?