A young, good-looking city girl, Marie, marries into a small Austrian town of Schwarzwald. A little vain for a small-town woman, she likes to dress up and makes her own clothes. The town is by Austrian border, in an area, forcibly annexed by Czechoslovakia in 1920. Most of the Czech-speaking citizens chose German nationality at the beginning of WW2. While peaceful during the war, the area was swept by violence right after the war. A group of malicious neighbours force fourteen wealthiest town inhabitants in front of the people’s court and they are murdered. Marie and her two children have to cross the border into the woods, where they build a temporary shed of branches.
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