The singer Rosita Perez and her twelve-year-old daughter Isabel fled from Chile to the DDR. When they arrived six years ago, their neighbors Margot and Dieter Kunze supported them, but their relationship has long since fallen asleep. Rosita has a job and contact with other Chileans, but she feels lonely. Isabel is often found sitting on the stairs, afraid that the postman might deliver news of her father's death from Chile. Meeting on the stairs over the years, Philipp, the Kunzes' son, and Isabel develop their childhood friendship into a cautious love.