It's 1948. It's Berlin and the city is in a state of devastation. Although in the hands of Allied troops the Soviet Union, as a member state, blockades all Allied sectors in an attempt to take sole control of the fallen German capital. The result is the Berlin Airlift and the story follows the lives of two US Airmen Sgt. Danny MacCullough (Montgomery Clift) and Sgt. Hank Kowalski (Paul Douglas) who are there to help the civilians but have very different views of the German people. The arrogant Kowalski cannot forgive them for WWII and will not be dissuaded from holding every German accountable, but MacCullough grasps the beleaguered city with both hands and opens his heart to an attractive German widow... in return she opens Danny's eyes to the twilight world of occupied Berlin.