A warm summer on the Baltic many years ago. Benny Goodmann and Ray Charles are still in vogue, the street organ man is playing in the narrow streets, the currency is “Marks”, and when the English teacher stands in front of the upper sixth, everyone stands up: “Good morning, Mrs. Petersen”. How love developed between Stella and Christian, how passion must adjust to reality and how then suddenly everything finishes – and yet also doesn’t. How love even becomes immortal through death: Siegfried Lenz tells the story with a masterful power of empathy, with distance and humour.