Two Spanish soldiers, the republican and Falangist, are deported to the Soviet labour camp KarLAG near Karaganda. Two bitterest enemies because of their opposite ideologies contesting for the sympathy by the beauty German Helen, who appeared in the camp being very young girl and lived in the settlement with aksakal Amangeldy’s family. In the camp there was a talented artist publicist Kazakh Askar among the prisoners. One time he painted the picture on the back of Iosif Stalin’s portrait. He was a clear criticizer of the Soviet regime and often directly and openly addressed, reported about it in the camp and settlement. The well-read and educated Kazakh communicates with the prisoners, helps to find a common language, and narrates about the Kazakh culture. It is Askar, who helps to escape Martin and Santiago together with Helen and do not die in the steppe from cold and hunger. The prejudice, cold and death will make them all to unite and help each other to try to pull through the terrible fate.