Born in 1889, Albert Linnecke has been a teacher in the rural village of Rindtorf for 34 years. After serving in WWI, he begins to chronicle the events of the village in his diary.
Steffi Zinn's body is fished out of a lake. A week before, her husband was reported missing when he left the apartment after a fight and hadn't returned by morning. Police Captain Lohm is charged with the investigation but can't find any evidence of murder.