The film begins as a little girl scavenges among the corpses splayed beside a battlefield, in search of scraps of food for her dying mother. A slightly older boy of the noble classes makes her a proposition. If she agrees to be his slave, he will give her a few morsels of food. The little girl accepts. It is the very first promise she has ever made. But she breaks it immediately: Having received the food, she flees. Little does she suspect that years later she will pay the price.