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Kids ride past the newly built Winden school on BMX bikes and mopeds, snacking on Raider chocolate bars and listening to "99 Red Balloons" on their walkmans. Winden is a typical small West German town – and completely dependent on its single largest employer: the nuclear power plant. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, the plant has attracted a sudden wave of criticism, putting pressure on its new director Claudia Tiedemann. The disappearance of Mads Nielsen in October 1986 contributes to a growing sense of uncertainty.