There have been intense clashes between state and separatist forces on the southeastern border for years. Ibrahim's son, Ismail, is completing his compulsory military service in this region and has 20 days left to be discharged. While trying to protect his chickens and eggs from a wild animal, İbrahim wishes his son could stay in the army as a paid soldier. One day, while they are at the bank to collect his father's old age pension, a man with a heart attack drops his bag, containing a large sum of money, which accidentally gets mixed up with their basket. The next day, his father dies. He tried to contact his son to stay in the army, but he could not reach him in time. Finding the money in the bag, İbrahim is undecided whether to return it. Poverty on the one hand and money on the other to support him for life. His conscience won't let up.
İsmail Güneş was born in Samsun in 1961 and made his directorial debut with the film 'Before the Sun Rises' in 1986. He later released two more films, 'Where the Rose Wilted' and 'Where the Words Fail,' which were part of a trilogy. The trilogy's final film, 'Where the Fire Burns,' received the Grand Prix des Ameriques award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2012. In 2022, 'Where the Fire Burns' was recognized as one of the Best 20 Films of all time at the 43rd annual MWFF.