1956: Due to improper behavior, the young Monika Schöllack has just been dismissed from her household management school. Struggling and ashamed of herself, she returns home to her mother Caterina and her sisters Helga and Eva. Caterina Schöllack runs the reputed dance school "Galant" which is famed for its impeccable reputation. Her husband - the girls' father - has been missing since 1944. Fritz Assmann, a friend of the family, lends Caterina his support at the dance school and in private life. For Caterina, Monika's dismissal is clear proof of her daughter's failure. She is more hopeful when it comes to Helga, who will soon be marrying the up-and-coming district attorney Wolfgang von Boost, and the self-assured Eva, who massively flirts with Professor Fassbender, in whose neurological clinic she works as a nurse. At Helga's wedding, Monika is accompanied by the factory owner's son Joachim Franck. Initially she is profoundly fascinated by him. But when they are alone, the situation ...