A train pulls into town and two men dressed in black get out, with two large crates. In the summer heat, they begin their long, slow walk into town…If there was music in the background by Ennio Morricone, you might think this was a American western, but instead the music is by Tibor Szemzö and we are in Hungary in August 1945.
The two men are Orthodox Jews: Where are they heading? Have they come to exact their revenge on the town for its betrayal of Jewish residents during the Nazi occupation? Many in the town soon think so (“The Jews have arrived” one onlooker says). It is little more than a year since they allowed the Nazis to take them away. Those who remained have made good by confiscating Jewish property, none more so than the town clerk, Istvan, who is now a rich and powerful man; do the two men want it back?