Because their wedding was interrupted by the Nazis, Fayge was never married to Shmuel. By Jewish custom, the wedding takes place under a canopy with all of the friends and relatives present. As Shmuel is about to be executed for trying to escape from the detention camp, Fayge commits to a marriage with him before God under his canopy of the sky. Shmuel had suggested that Fayge's father, the rabbi, marry them earlier, Fayge held out for a proper wedding under a canopy. Now she realizes her mistake in not going through with the wedding in an nontraditional way. Though it is merely a gesture, Fayge decides to die with Shmuel as his wife.