Robert Forrest's dramatisation of Leo Tolstoy's last major work.
Katerina Maslova is a young prostitute on trial for the murder of one of her clients.
Serving on the jury, Prince Dmitri recognises the young woman as the girl he seduced many years before.
Believing himself partly responsible for her predicament, he embarks upon a complex legal attempt to reverse the sentence passed upon her.
Prince Dmitri follows the young prostitute Katerina Maslova to Siberia.
Having been unable to reverse the sentence for murder served in error upon her, he proposes marriage in the hope of redeeming the wrongs he did to her as a girl.
But he finds his proposal contested by a fellow prisoner Simonson, a man who has already made all the sacrifices in life that Prince Dmitri only threatens to make.