With the expropriation after WWII, the young factory owner Clemens and his family, who were regarded as bourgeois and were ostracized from the community of Schäßburg, now Sighişoara in Transylvania, lost everything. The father is in prison, the mother is missing, and Clemens works in a porcelain factory and goes to evening school. When he meets the Romanian girl Rodica, their love knows no boundaries. But does he find a way out of his Saxon bourgeois way of life or will the tradition win over feelings?

With this multi-faceted novel, Eginald Schlattner again delivers a convincing proof of his mastery of narration, to be compared with Theodore Fontane (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).