Nora is fourteen and lives with her parents, Uwe and Anette, in a quiet Berlin suburb. While Uwe wrestles with his business partner Walter to save his livelihood, Anette returns to her studies and begins an affair with fellow student Daniel. The introverted Nora retreats into romantic day-dreams. When a former lover of Anette, Thomas, and his family move in next door the family comes under yet more pressure. Nora starts projecting her own desires onto the charming neighbour. Uwe now feels he and the family-oriented life he has created are threatened. A dinner party leads to the two men heavily falling out. But that is just the start of an escalation that shatters the crumbling foundations of the alleged suburban idyll to their limit.