Maria Theresa’s envoys travel to the regions of Swabia, whose population is suffering from hunger, to convince the people there to move to the sparsely settled regions of her empire. They succeed and convince Kempf to go to “Transylvania”. More than 150 years later, another set of envoys comes again to bring the so-called ethnic Germans back to the Reich and to recruit them for the Waffen SS. The poet, Georg Kempf, is sent to the Eastern Front, deserts and returns to Yugoslavia after the end of the war – luckily enough the Russians attest in writing that he had fought “for the right cause”. An epic tale about the extremes of the 20th century, exemplified by the fate of several generations of one family.