When an American psychologist makes a shocking discovery about her Czech grandfather, it threatens her new romance with a famed Czech author. The doctor (Gina Gershon) came to Prague to attend a conference and to learn about her heritage. While there, she becomes involved with an ex-"dissident writer" (Rade Serbedzija) who is as famous for his work as he is for his womanizing. He falls so in love with the doctor that he vows to give up his playboy ways. At first they are happy, but then the doctor discovers that her half- Jewish grandfather horribly betrayed his people and was responsible for many unnecessary deaths. Two of those victims were related to the writer.