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The German army begins to retreat from the Eastern Front, and all five friends must decide who to side with in order to survive and fulfill their pledge to reunite in Berlin.
As the war progresses, the soldiers realize they are not fighting the war that they expected. Charlotte and Greta must live with the consequences of their choices, and Viktor and Wilhelm find themselves on the run.
On the eve of the Russian invasion in 1941, five German friends gather in Berlin before going separate ways: army lieutenant Wilhelm, his intellectual brother Friedhelm, nurse Charlotte, Jewish tailor Viktor, and his singer girlfriend Greta.
BERLIN, 1941. Hitler is about to invade the Soviet Union, and five young Germans eagerly await a glorious future: patriotic Wilhelm heads to the Eastern Front with his younger brother Friedhelm in pursuit of the ""final victory;"" bright-eyed Charlotte volunteers as a field nurse; and chanteuse Greta aspires to be the next Marlene Dietrich. Only Viktor, a Jewish tailor, begins to sense the impending horrors...