Donka and her husband Milan live in a medieval village, having been married for five years. Despite their overwhelming wish to conceive, they have not been able to. In a moment of desperation, they turn to an old woman who will help them bear many children, but only if she gives them their firstborn. Many years later, in present-day Macedonia, Branko and Rodna meet in unexpected circumstances, and fall in love—they, too, cannot conceive, and thus turn to IVF. Having faced the same challenges, Rodna's sister adopts a five-year old boy. But in all these cases, good fortune is easily reversed.