At the beginning of the 1980s of 20th century German linguist Klaus Kugler with his wife and three children goes to the jungles of New Guinea, where he studies the language of the recently discovered indigenous tribal. Unlike other members of the family, 8-year-old Sabine is quickly adjusting to the new place and she is learning values, traditions, customs and knowledge of the natives. However, the whole family living peacefully their lives does not entirely suspect that they are in the center of a tribal conflict. Despite the mutual will to stay away from each other, the ways of the newcomers and natives begin to constantly intersect with time. Nine years later, already 17-year-old Sabina forced to leave New Guinea and she gets into the boarding school in Switzerland, where she meets again a world completely foreign to her with its difficulties and conflict.
In 1938 Jettel and her five-year-old daughter barely managed to flee Germany to Africa, where their husband and father Walter has settled down. After the “civilized” Europe Jettel and Walter not at once got used to the fact that they will spend indefinite period of time on a remote farm in Kenya. And Regina quickly got used to the new life, she learned the new language and became friends with the local people. The beauty of the “black continent” is seriously underwhelming her. She hardly remembers Europe. But for her parents it is more difficult to get used to it. And only because of love for their daughter they begin to embrace the beauty of the local landscapes. The events shown in the film are autobiographical and are based on the book of the same name by Stefanie Zweig.