Poland in the 1920's. In a freezing wooden hut the writer Stanislawa Przybyszewska, lives alone. Outside, a savage winter threatens, but Stanislawa, sustained by morphine, escapes to another world. Cold, hunger and solitude are left behind as she writes her epic play - The Danton Affair - set against the background of the French Revolution. Her fictional world now springs vividly to life; Robespierre in conflict with Danton, fighting for their lives as thousands lose their heads on the guillotine. As Stanislawa struggles to finish her remarkable play, her own survival is also at stake.