The compelling story of two Jewish teenage sisters struggling to survive Nazi-occupied Poland. They are both talented: Ariana Elizabeth Bellak (born Ariana Spiegel), a child prodigy, performs on stage in Warsaw shortly before the war. She sings, plays piano, and recites poems. Renia is more introverted, romantic and sensitive. She keeps a diary spanning the years 1939 to 1942. Ariana, who currently lives in New York, narrates her story on screen. Text from Renia's diary is recited by Aleksandra Bernatek, an actress from their home town of Przemysl.