Pressburg 1968. Joscha (21) is an ambitious cellist, ready to embrace the world. He has what it takes, but – due to the Communist regime – lacks opportunities and a true perspective. His big dream is to become a libertine musician. After a heavy night of drinking, he finds himself surrounded by tanks in the streets of Pressburg. Joscha escapes to the nearby Vienna, but here he suddenly turns from a ‘somebody’ to a ‘nobody’. He meets Rosa (47), an influential figure in the Vienna society, who takes care of him and introduces him to her circles. In return, he starts working in her shop. But it's not all business – an ill-fated relationship of co-dependency unfolds. As a chronic inflammation in his arms puts his musical career at risk, Joscha’s frustration reaches a limit. So, in order to feel in control of his life again, he starts to subdue Rosa sexually. When she uses her former Nazi connections to get him a valid passport, their relationship breaks apart. Joscha finds himself a new place and doesn't want to be tied to Rosa any longer. Still, he fails to completely free himself from her stranglehold. Some years later, he falls in love with the adorable Eva (21) and severs his contact with Rosa completely. Rosa can't help her panic and starts to stalk the young couple and even threatens Eva with a gun. Worse comes to worse. Rosa has a break-down and Eva escapes in a state of shock. Until then, she didn’t even know of Rosa's existence. Her trust towards Joscha is shattered. Joscha is confronted with the fact that despite a new political regime and a new relationship, he is still a prisoner of himself.