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Winter 1962, Poland. 18-year-old Anna was raised in a provincial convent school. She wants to become a nun, but the Mother Superior wants her to find her relatives first. And so Anna reluctantly goes out into the world, meets her Aunt Wanda, and finds out her name is actually Ida and that she has Jewish roots. Together they search for traces of her parents, who were killed in the holocaust.
The desperate silent tragedy of Jean and Laure, still in shock at the loss of their little girl in a terrible barn fire, plunges the couple into a bleak endless winter of unspeakable grief. Laure is interned for a period to be treated in a clinic. Jean is left to face the harsh, cold and seemingly futile task of trying to eke out a living on the farm on his own.