While her husband Egon is out on patrol for the Winden police, Doris Tiedemann lives the life of a typical 1950s housewife. She tends to the home and cares for her clever daughter Claudia, but she's not happy. Something is missing in her life.
Doris’ life changes when lodgers move into the Tiedemann house. Agnes Nielsen and her son Tronte are new to Winden. Shy Doris is fascinated by the elegantly-dressed, cosmopolitan Agnes. The women develop a close friendship, which soon turns into something more.