A humble family of lumberjacks is conscripted into the German army, during the events of the Second World War. For Johan this means the start of an unforgettable experience and a chance to serve his country. To his father who has seen war however, this is a death sentence. Along the way Johan's brother Siegfried, also joins the war against his father’s wishes, who wanted him to get an education. Siegfried is then recruited into the Waffen SS and becomes brain washed, with the Ideas of the Third Reich. Johan meanwhile continues to keep the values, taught to him by his father.