In 1920 in Poland, Anton and Valya are entranced by their little son with his distinctive white streak in his dark curls. One day he disappears and is never found. Years later Poland is invaded by the Nazis and Anton and Sofia are sentenced to death by shooting as members of the underground. The sergeant tasked with shooting them cannot do it even though he has executed dozens of others. He tells Anton and Sofia to hurry up and get out. He removes his helmet to wipe his brow and discloses a white streak in his dark hair.