When Roberto sneaks off to see a movie in his Italian village, German soldiers raid the theater and pack them onto a train bound for a work camp during World War II. Though Roberto feels that he knows something about the war, he discovers many other things he knew nothing about. Roberto and his best friend, Samuele, vow to stick together. But Samuele has a terrible secret which, if discovered, could get them both killed. Will Roberto be able to survive the cold winter if he manages to escape the work camp?