A young poet, Taras Shevchenko, who has written damning poems, is summoned for questioning. But instead of explaining himself, the poet writes new verses about the bleak fate of Ukraine. His punishment is to become a soldier with a ban on writing and drawing. The film The Dream follows the biography of Taras Shevchenko from his childhood to his years in exile. The plot is based on the poem of the same name, the poet's memories after interrogation, his fantasies, visions, and events that took place in the history of Ukraine.