Jung Sung San is one out of nine people who have escape North Korea's concentration camps and managed to flee to "safety" in Seoul. Here he organizes a controversial theatre play about his experiences as prisoner in a concentration camp called Yodok. He inspires eight other refugees to recreate the past, and together they work to develop a musical about the concentration camps.
The film follows the characters through this difficult process. There are many who would like to stop them, and Jung receives several death threats. The film leads us close to the refugees, we participate in their private lives, and we listen to their dramatic stories. Their lives in Seoul are affected by financial difficulties and hostile South Koreans with a negative view on North Korea after years of propaganda. Yodok Story is their only chance to get their story told.