Nina (Gosia Dobrowolska) is a Polish immigrant arriving in Australia after World War II. No sooner has her boat hit Sydney harbor than she's sent to a refugee camp in a "silver city" of endless tin barracks. As a huge community of Eastern Europeans live in internment, waiting for release, old traditions begin to slip away. Nina falls for Julian (Ivar Kants), the unhappy husband of Anna (Anna Jemison). All must decide what they want to make of their new lives in a new land.