In the midst of the vast and frozen nothingness, more than a thousand kilometres from the nearest tree, Alexei, a nineteen year old recruit is being flown in to perform his military service on the frontier of northern Russia. The base is one of few such remaining outposts on the Arctic Ocean. There are five other, long serving soldiers stationed there, each with their own personal story or secret that has caused them to retreat from the real world. Their training and breaking in of the new arrival is sometimes humorous, at times harsh. Gradually, they each reveal something of themselves as they continue their absurd duty in this snow covered no man's land.
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