Signum laudis "Sign of honor" is Austian-Hungarian high military order. 1st world war on Russian front. For corporal Hoferik is it occasion to social rise. Fanatic soldier perform senior orders without remains, but he don't forgot on self-profit. His violent initiative begins dangerously threaten higher officers individual interests and plans . . Higher officers needs to relieve of the fanatic corporal - they sent him against overhelming enemy forces and promised him to recieve Signum laudis in success. In hard engagement the whole unit falls.