East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad,
Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western
Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains
behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will
attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has
become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific
congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie.
But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the
moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her
husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect
becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long
process of disintegration.