"1864" is the dramatic and moving story of Denmark erupting into a futile war that would become one of the bloodiest in Danish history. Two brothers; Laust and Peter grow up poor but happy in the Danish countryside. Both boys fall in love with the adorable Inge, a local Proprietor's daughter, who in turns loves Peter for his sensitivity and intellect, and Laust for his strength and drive. Following victories in the First Schleswig-Holstein War of 1848-50 and in utter disregard of a treaty signed with the major powers of Europe, Denmark's political powers spark a second War. Peter and Laust, whose own father died from wounds caused by a German bullet in 1850, quickly volunteer for the army. 150 years later the maladjusted Claudia inhabits the same area. Forced to accept a job as an aide for the 100-year-old Baron at the manor, Claudia discovers Inge's forgotten diary, a tale of thousands of young men that sacrificed their lives in a pointless war.