The stories of four – out of approximately 250,000 – former political prisoners in East Germany.
Paul is unhappily married to a beautiful but ignorant woman who cheats on him. Paula, who has two children from different fathers, is in a relationship of convenience with a tire salesman. When Paula and Paul meet in a bar, they fall in love.
Berlin, early 1930s. Lissy (Sonja Sutter), a young woman raised in a socialist working-class family, marries a clerk who promises her a better life. During the depression, however, he gets fired and can’t find a new job.
Sonya, an art student, loves the med student Dieter. And Siegi, a factory worker, loves Eddie, a bricklayer. At a lavish Carnival party at the East Berlin art school, an unintentional exchange of partners starts!