Acclaimed drama set in postwar Germany. A group of teenagers, sick of the cramped conditions at home in postwar East Berlin, meet daily at the train tracks on Schoenhauser Street. Tests of courage are the daily routine, and for West German money, they'd be willing to do almost anything. The construction worker Dieter is looking for freedom in the streets, Kohle is trying to escape the misery of his constantly drunken step-father, Karl-Heinz is already on course for a life of crime. Their friend Angela has to leave the house every time her mother has a date with her boyfriend. Karl-Heinz tries to involve Dieter and Kohle in his dubious dealings, but when they become entangled in an alleged homicide, they both flee to West Berlin, where Kohle is tragically killed in a detainee camp. Dieter escapes the dodgy supervision of the camp and returns home. He wants to account for his guilt in order to start a new life with Angela, who is expecting his child.