Inga grows up in a small village in Eastern Germany. According to her grandparents, her mother Anne perished by drowning in the Baltic. One day Robert, a professor for literature, turns up in Malchow where Inga now lives, and claims that he met Anne a few years previously in Constance. Inga's world comes crashing down when she realizes that Robert is right. Apparently, the whole village knew about Anne's flight to the West. But what did really happen at that time? Inga meets only with silence, denial, and a sense of guilt. Why did her mother leave her behind in the GDR? Inga begs Robert to help her in her search for Anne.While they are hunting for clues all over Germany, it becomes more and more obvious, that Robert's sudden appearance in Inga's life was no coincidence.