At 80 years of age, Colonel David Rokni prepares to command the national ceremony on Israel’s Independence Day. As he has done for the last 30 years, he goes through an arduous series of training, routine formation and foot drills for the traditional military parade. While some soldiers are put off by the colonel’s unbending militarism, he fi nds an ally in an enthusiastic young woman. A week before the ceremony, a disaster strikes unexpectedly. For the first time Rokni has to cope with an unfamiliar situation during during a ceremony that transforms his life and reveals a side to the unsentimental colonel one would never imagine.