The year is 1982, and as martial law sweeps across Turkey the citizens of a small Anatolian town look to the jovial street musicians in order to lift their spirits. Recruited by a local military commander to provide music for the arrival of the military chief, a renowned bandleader attempts to compose an appropriately majestic tune. As fate would have it, the bandleader's daughter and the young girl's boyfriend are both communist sympathizers. Upon overhearing his daughter as she plays a heart-swelling communist song, the bandleader mistakenly assumes that it is an 'international' tune and quickly adapts the melody into the composition to be played for the military chief. Later, when the song is performed in public, the crows falls silent as everyone in earshot has a sudden epiphany.