Working-class athlete Richard Bertram (Günther Simon) is a talented wrestler whose political beliefs get him into trouble. When his club is dissolved by the Nazis, Richard continues to wrestle in a middle-class club, using his position to support the resistance movement.
Jean-Paul Fontanon, a boy from Berlin who everyone calls "Jampoll," spends every summer in his grandparents' village. But this year, everything is different. Jampoll's grandfather appears upset and fearful of something, often disappearing into his room or writing things in a notebook.