Inspired by events in Stalin's Moscow at the end of WWII, One Night in Winter begins with the shooting of two teenagers in the shadow of the Kremlin. As the children of Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school is an enclave of privilege but one that hides a wealth of secrets.
Stalin launches a ruthless investigation. In what comes to be known as the Children's Case, youths from the school are arrested by state security services and brought to the infamous Lubyanka, where they are forced to testify against their friends and families. Among the betrayed are illicit lovers whose reckless passion could destroy all they hold dear. As Stalin's witch hunt reaches its climax, the lovers realize that the decision to follow one's heart comes at a terrible price."