The story of a young man who goes looking for a political drama and finds a family tragedy, a play about the collapse of the GDR. The author was a child when the Wall came down and grew up a long way from Berlin: on the North Sea island of Föhr. He has no real feel for the subject, and is just responding to the demands made of him by dramaturgs, artistic directors and editors that his play should 'relate to the real world' and 'make an impact'. Now he hopes to get some ideas from his father, whom he goes to visit on the island where he grew up. He and his father talk about the old days, conversations he notes down as material without finding them truly convincing. However, instead of creating a quick, easy tabloid version of history, which is what he had planned, his digging about in the past unexpectedly brings forth dark fruit. His research results in a crisis: Which parts of his personality are still real and felt, which parts are poeticised and stylised?