Three-part German drama set during the Second World War. Beginning in Berlin in 1941, the series follows five friends – Wilhelm (Volker Bruch), Friedhelm (Tom Schilling), Charlotte (Miriam Stein), Victor (Ludwig Trepte) and Greta (Katharina Schüttler) – as they each go on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. While Wilhelm and his younger brother Friedhelm go to fight on the Eastern Front, Jewish Viktor is sent to a concentration camp. Charlotte, who is secretly in love with Wilhelm, hopes to do her bit for the war effort by volunteering as a nurse but struggles to cope. Meanwhile, Viktor’s girlfriend Greta is determined to become a famous singer and in order to advance her career gets involved in an ill-fated romance with a Gestapo officer. Will any of them survive the war?
Career-soldier Wilhelm his pacifist younger brother Friedhelm and their friends Charlotte Viktor and Greta say farewell in the summer of 1941 in Berlin with the promise to meet again after the war. Wilhelm and his brother have been ordered to the eastern front; Charlotte will join them as a nurse in a field hospital there. In Berlin Greta makes a name for herself as a singer with the help of a high-ranking party official. Her Jewish boyfriend Viktor is despatched to a concentration camp in the east. Little do they know how much the unfathomable experiences deprivations and terrors of the war will change them. It is the experiences of friendship and betrayal belief and disappointment illusion and insight guilt and responsibility that will change their lives forever.