In May 1940, the German troops enter France. Frightened by the progress of the enemy, the people of a small village of Pas-de-Calais come to a decision on the recommendations of the prefecture, to surrender everything to go on the road, fleeing to the coast. Among them, there is Paul, the village mayor. He led the group, seeks to deal with a minimum of order and republican spirit in this nomadic life. Mado, his wife, plays music looking for the fragrance of those that took place in his coffee in the village. Suzanne, a young teacher, goes to meet to make a choice the least congested route. And she especially supports a small German boy, Max, 8 years old, whose father Hans was once arrested after the declaration of war. Right through the Arras attack, residents are released from prison and abandoned in the deserted city. Hans managed to flee the city, accompanied by a Scottish officer, Percy, whose entire unit died under German bullets. These two will trip together. Hans seeking to recuperate his son who fled the village, Percy hoping to achieve the sea, and find a boat back to England.