A small town in Finland on the border with Sweden. A retired police officer learns that his illegitimate son is released from prison and harasses the people in the area. The young man has learned the truth about his family and wants to take revenge by harassing the policeman’s relatives, including his legitimate son. The hatred between the two brothers makes the region a place of constant violence and vengeance, causing the peasants to take the law into their own hands. While trying to prevent the slaughter between the two brothers, the policeman has to face the mistakes of his past.