Amsterdam, summer 1942. Walter Süskind (JEROEN SPITZENBERGER) can count himself lucky that he's found a job with the Jewish Council, which offers him and his family protection from deportation to Germany. One night, Walter witnesses the arrest of a Jewish family. The couple's children Roosje and Simon escape, but how will they survive in the occupied city? It is Süskind's task to arrange for the detainees to be sent to work in Germany. But when he discovers what is really awaiting his fellow Jews, he decides to double-cross the Germans. He befriends a high-ranking SS officer, Aus der Fünten (KARL MARKOVICS), while cooperating with the underground movement. With other co-conspirators, he devises cunning ways to help save many children from certain death. Among those children are Simon and Roosje, who were ultimately picked up. But the lives of Walter and his family are also endangered when Aus der Fünten begins to suspect that Walter is not the trustworthy manager he seems to be. The SS man has become attached to Walter and prefers to believe that Walter is really his friend. When his superiors convince him that Süskind is the brains behind this operation, Aus der Fünten explodes. Deeply hurt and feeling betrayed, he takes revenge on the only person in Amsterdam he feels close to.