Bordeaux 1960. Laurent Luissac is doing his national service in a barracks near Algiers. Therehe gets to know his comrades: Farid the MoslemRaymond the pied-noir and Bernard the Communist primary school teacherand finds love in the person of Evelyne Raymond's sister. But events quickly turn to drama. Violence and terrorism take over. It is the start of the Algerian war. Laurent takes command of a company in a no-go zone and Evelyne soon joins him...