Alba is an angst-ridden woman in her late thirties. She is a social worker and lives with her husband, a computer scientist, in Vienna. Although she has managed to leave the oppressive Albania of her childhood and youth behind and build a life in Austria, she cannot enjoy what she has achieved. She does not feel at home, not even in her marriage. Rather, she experiences alienation and loneliness. Her husband reacts to her fears with incomprehension and withdrawal. She feels abandoned and betrayed when he goes his own way. Only her sister Pranvera, the beautiful, clever, strong woman of her youth, stands by her side in evening telephone calls from Albania.