When his proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, Dr. Schmith (Armin Mueller-Stahl) decides to leave East Germany. He strikes a deal with an escape agency that promises him a leading position at a children’s hospital in West Germany. But then his project is approved and his international colleagues want Dr. Schmith to head the East German research section. Moreover, he falls in love with his new colleague, Katharina (Jenny Gröllmann). At first, Schmith tries to avoid the escape agency, but they blackmail him and things turn deadly.
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