In 1890, in one of the villages of Polissia, a man died under mysterious circumstances. The local people blamed his wife, a young healer, and banished her from the village. When affliction came to the village, the people believed they had been cursed by the castaway woman. They discovered that she was living in the forest, found her and burned her alive at the stake like a witch. But before doing so, they sent a priest to have a final word with her.