Based on Valentin Rasputinís story of the same title (1974).
The winter of 1945. In a village on the Angara embankment the women await
the return of their husbands from the front. The young soldier Andrei Guskov,
who fled from the hospital, returns as a deserter. In his remote winter hut
only his wife Nastena visits him: she is the only person whom he can trust
with his life ñ the life of an eternal fugitive doomed to loneliness. Only she
loves him. She lives in the present, remembers the past and does not believe in
the future. She will have a child, and for the entire village she is an unfaithful
wife who did not wait for her husband to return...