In September 1944, at the end of the Second World War, the Nazis who had occupied Finland, retreated with the advance of the Russian army, leavin behind many Finnish youths who had served in the German Ranks. One of these, a brave young Finnish student clled Veiko, was chained to a rock and told to shoot as many of the Russian soldiers as possible. He was one of those people whom the Russian called the “cuckoo”: a sucidal sniper. Veiko managed to free himself and fin shelter on the farm of a young Laplander girl called Anny. Anny had also taken in Ivan, a Russian captain accused of having written some subversive poetry and cashiered. The delicate balance in this particular cohabitation is compromised by their difficulty to communicate. In fact Anny, Ivan and Veiko speak three different languages, Sami (the language of the Lapps) Russian and Finnish, and so they are bound to misunderstand each other. This state of affairs leads to comical situations at times, but also tragic results.