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Julia (Romy Schneider) gave away her infant son to a foster couple before she married Werner (Michel Piccoli). Now she selfishly wants her child from the foster parents who have never officially adopted the boy. Radek (Hans Christian Blech) is the foster father who refuses to give up the boy he has grown to love. He climbs up a chimney and threatens to jump if the police take the boy away from him. Soon the event is splashed across the media, with public opinion naturally with Radek. Julia must decide whether or not to pursue her quest to get her child back.