It is 1944. Imprisoned at Terezin Camp in Czechoslovakia, artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis helps children cope with the realities of their daily existence. When the International Red Cross presses for an inspection, the community is forced to contribute to Nazi propaganda. They devise a plan to communicate with the visitors, using a production of the opera BRUNDIBAR. No matter how huge and terrible the lie, truth can still triumph through the enduring strength of human love and creativity.