KGB Colonel Mitya's hunt for former Division Commander Kotov leads him to The Citadel - an impregnable German fortress on Russian soil where troops by the thousand are sacrificed in an ongoing siege. In this living hell, the two adversaries Mitya and Kotov are reunited in an encounter that will turn the destinies of both inside out. Acting on Stalin's orders, Mitya presents Kotov with Stalin's gift - a rehabilitation order signed by the great leader himself. Kotov arrives in Moscow a General, and returns to the house he knew before his arrest. His wife is alive. But something is wrong. She has remarried. And she has a baby. Kotov's fragile world falls apart.