An epic period piece. Set over the course of six years, the story mostly takes place during World War Two in a small village in the eponymous region of Volhynia - a village inhabited by Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews. The life of this small community is then torn apart by history. In the spring of 1943, a wave of ethnic cleansing sweeps over the region. Despite being in love with a Ukrainian boy, called Petro (Wasyl Wasylik), Polish girl Zosia (Michalina Labacz) is forced into marrying a wealthy widower, Maciej (Arkadiusz Jakubik). When the war begins, Maciej is conscripted to the Polish Army to fight against the Germans in the September Campaign. When the campaign is lost, Maciej and other survivors try to return to their homes. In the meantime, Zosia gets pregnant by Petro but wants Maciej to believe that the child is his. As the war ranges around them Zoysia tries to protect herself and her son.