Young and beautiful Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives become intertwined with the drama of Russian revolution. Doctor Zhivago is still married when he meets Lara. Their love story is unfolding against the backdrop of revolution which affects the doctor's career, his family, and his love to Lara.
Yuri Zhivago is a young doctor and rising poet, about to be married to Anna. He meets Lara (the teenage mistress of a politician) when she tries to kill herself. Lara marries the Bolshevik Antipov, and as the Great War unfolds Yuri and Lara go off to war to tend the wounded, fall in love and lead a passionate affair as the old régime collapses.
Yury returns to Moscow to find his house has been taken over by the Reds. He becomes a surgeon at a Moscow hospital but Mischa advises him to leave Moscow.
Yury has been captured by the Partisan. Lara nurses Tonya as she has her baby.