There are few places in the world that are less grim than Hamburg in 1946. The city's been destroyed by the war, and certain Brits are asked to go there and help reconstruct Germany after its downfall. One Englishwoman arrives in the middle of winter to accompany her husband-and she is shocked by a proposal her spouse makes. They're to be sharing their home with a German man and his disturbed daughter. In the wake of the war, it turns out that a multitude of emotions may arise-and some can even threaten the strongest marriages.