Franek and Jozek Kalina are brothers born at the end of the 1950's in Poland. In the early 1980's Franek, emigrates to the U.S. His family disapproves, and they part on bad terms. In 2005, Jozek's wife shows up with her kids. She won't tell Franek why she left her husband. He decides to go home and learn more about his brother's circumstances. Franek realizes that Jozek is disliked and they receive threats, are harassed by authorities and meet with other forms of malice. Franek tries to find out why but the villagers are unwilling to speak. Only when Jozek is attacked and beaten, does he reveal the reasons behind the conflict. He had discovered that the old road had been reinforced with gravestones from the local Jewish cemetery, destroyed by the Germans during the war. He couldn't deal with this, so he tore up the road and moved the gravestones to his field, before locating other gravestones in the village - including holding up the church bell tower. To save his brother from being lynched, Franek makes a deal with the vicar and they remove the gravestones, which angers the neighbors. Franek tries to determine why by interviewing the oldest villagers and studing the records. He finds out local peasants used Jewish gravestones as building material. The local peasants - with approval of the Germans, also took over farms belonging to Jews after their deportation. Even their own father moved onto 12 acres, which is now a bird sanctuary. They dig it up to discover a mass grave of over 100 men, women and children. They find out that it was not the Germans, but the village headman and their father that committed these atrocities. Jozek decides to fill in the graves but Franek disagree. They fight and as Franek leaves to go home, he is summoned back to the village to bury his brother. He buries him in the cemetery built of Jewish Gravestones, not the Catholic cemetery.