Eté 1980. Barbara est chirurgien-pédiatre dans un hôpital de Berlin-Est. Soupçonnée de vouloir passer à l’Ouest, elle est mutée par les autorités dans une clinique de province, au milieu de nulle part. Tandis que son amant Jörg, qui vit à l’Ouest, prépare son évasion, Barbara est troublée par l’attention que lui porte André, le médecin-chef de l’hôpital. La confiance professionnelle qu’il lui accorde, ses attentions, son sourire... Est-il amoureux d’elle ? Est-il chargé de l’espionner ?
Summer, 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Now, as punishment, she has been transferred from Berlin to a small hospital out in the country, far from everything. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape. Barbara waits, keeping to herself. The new apartment, the neighbors, summertime, the countryside – none of that means anything to her. Working as a pediatric surgeon under her new boss Andre, she is attentive when it comes to the patients, but quite distanced toward her colleagues. Her future, she feels, will begin later. But Andre confuses her. His confidence in her professional abilities, his caring attitude, his smile. Why does he cover for her when she helps the young runaway Sarah? Does he have an assignment to keep track of her? Is he in love? But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, her plans, over love.