In 1971, the Bangladesh Liberation War is on the verge of erupting, but chemistry teacher Nurul (Shahiduzzaman Selmin) wants nothing to do with politics. He and his wife, Asma (Aparna Jara), want simply to protect their young daughter from the violence rapidly encroaching on their rural village.
In the middle of a torrential storm, Asma’s brother, Mintu (Joyonto Chattopaddhay), abruptly abandons the family to join the rebel army, leaving behind nothing but his raincoat. Though Asma doesn’t share her brother’s politics, she secretly continues to correspond with him. On the monsoon’s third day, Nurul heads off to a school function wearing Mintu’s raincoat for protection from the ceaseless rains. It’s a fateful mistake. He’s arrested by government forces on suspicion of being a militant. Taken into custody, Nurul — anything but a radical by nature — will be forced to make a decision that will impact not only the destiny of his family but also that of his country. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]