An elderly couple returns to a village once destroyed by war. Here life consists of repetitive chores; he collects water, does the shopping, and repairs the damaged caused to the farm. She cleans and prepares meals. As he grows increasingly short-tempered, she withdraws into herself and becomes ever more absent-minded.
Structural change in 1929: The engineer Hartmann developed a new overburden excavator which is to be used after brown coal is found under his village. The conflict between enthusiasm for technology and loss of homeland unfolds as a triangular story between him and two women. Industrial reportage, silent film melodrama and rediscovered archive gold.