A moving, beautiful and unconventional love story set in the war torn Balkans during the last days of the Croatian campaign. Mathilde (Nutsa Kukhianidze) and her little brother have lost everything in the war - their home as well as their childhood. Mathilde is young, beautiful, spirited and willful. She is a child of the earth and a survivor. But Mathilde is also a valuable commodity in the UN's continuing hunt for those it holds responsible for the war. UN military officer Colonel De Petris (Jeremy Irons) and his colleagues hatch a plan to use Mathilde and her brother as bait to capture a notorious Serbian War Criminal. The colonel's mission is to look after Mathilde and her young brother and ensure they are available when needed. With Mathilde, however, nothing is simple and soon the Colonel finds himself falling under spell, as she gradually reintroduces him to life, beauty and love. Brought together by the demands of a covert military operation, Mathilde and the Colonel find themselves governed by mysterious forces as they embark on an illicit love affair.