Grace, a young foreigner, causes commotion when she enters a sleepy mining town called Dogville. Its inhabitants are still fighting the remains of the economical crises of the 30’s. The villagers offer to put Grace into hiding and in turn she offers to help them. But when the police come and ask for her the villagers start demanding more and more explanation from Grace – almost as a reward for taking such a risk. But nobody knows why she actually ran away.