On April 26 1986, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plants Reactor No. 4 exploded after tests were improperly carried out and the operators lost control. The burning graphite cloud initially traveled in a northwest direction toward Sweden, Finland, and Eastern Europe, exposing the public to levels up to one hundred times the normal background radiation. In Gomel, a city in Belarus located 140km away from Chernobyl, life continues despite the radioactive threat. This is the background for the reunion of two friends who have not seen each other for more than twenty-five years. Arkadi Zaides returns to his hometown to meet with a childhood friend who never left the area. The reason for their separation is partly connected to the ecological catastrophe. Scenes of the meetings between the two are intertwined with scenes shot in the very site of the explosion in Chernobyl.