Ruth Bodenheim returns to West Germany a broken woman from the war. As a seventeen-year-old Jewish woman, the Nazis sent her to a brothel in Poland and her parents to a concentration camp. Her former fiancée, Dr. Martin, marries her when she returns, and his love and patience help her heal.
However, political events make it apparent that the horrors she experienced are not buried deep and Ruth finds her voice. When the former mayor responsible for her and her family’s deportation is elected to office again, she kills him and exposes incriminating evidence of his deeds. Despite the townspeople’s efforts to ignore and silence the story she has to tell, she demands a trial and finds an ally with the attorney Hoffmann.