Middle-aged Roland Cordes, board member of a large bank, meets the wife of a new employee, thirty-some Svenja Steve. There is immediate attraction between the two. When a bank manger is murdered in Indonesia, Cordes recommends Svenja's husband Oliver for the position, even though there are more qualified people for the job. But Cordes' power is far-reaching and Oliver is transferred to Jakarta. Soon after, an affair between Cordes and Svenja develops. When Cordes' scheme is exposed, however, Svenja suddenly ends their relationship. Deeply hurt, Cordes almost loses his mind. Meanwhile in Jakarta, Oliver is being threatened. Svenja begs him to return. On the same night, Cordes gives up his position on the board of directors, Svenja jogs through a park at night, and Oliver stops to reflect for the first time in his life. The next morning Svenja and Cordes join each other in a hotel room--they cannot stay away from each other.