The time of the first songs
How Hermann leaves his home town and comes to Munich to study music. How right away on the first day he makes friends, how he falls in love and how he starts to fight against this love.
Two Strange Eyes
How Juan, a young South American, attempts to make some progress with his talents, for he has too many. How Hermann becomes friends with Juan, how Juan kisses Clarissa and how Hermann loses all of his worldly possessions to Mrs. Moretti. How he becomes sick for the first time away from home.
Jealousy and Pride
How Evelyne, the girl with the deep voice, loses her father and starts out to look for her mother, who is presumed to be dead. How she ends up in Mrs. Cerphal's villa and experiences the film premiere of some young filmmakers. How Hermann, Clarissa and Juan are jealous and hurt each outher's feelings. How Evelyne finds Angar.
How Ansgar and Evelyne become inseperable, how Olga shoots at Ansgar to try to kill her love. How Clarissa wins the cello competition, playing a piece written by Hermann, how Hermann is overshadowed by her and suffers because of it. How Ansgar points out his parents to Evelyne, and how he suffers from self-doubt. How an artists' party is celebrated during carnival and how Ansgar dies in an accident.
The Game with Freedom
How Elga lanquishes, and how Hermann and she experience the riots in Schwabing. How Hermann is beaten by a policeman and how he flees Munich. How Hermann arrives in Helga's sleepy town, and how he becomes the dream man of three women.
How Alex, the eternal philosopher, experiences teh day John F. Kennedy is assassinated. How Mrs. Cerphal has a cherry tree chopped down. How Hermann refuses to accept the dreams of Helga's. How Clarrissa refuses to have a child that has two fathers. How the young filmmakers have a falling-out, how Hermann meets Schnüsschen and how the death of the American President rescues Helga from committing suicide.
How Clarissa almost dies from an abortion. How Hermann performs his SPUREN concert ("Traces") and remains alone afterwards. How Helga and Stefan realize that they can torture one another. How Juan and Renate bury their hopes. How Christmas draws near and Hermann has to cling to Schnüsschen. How Clarissa flees from the clinic and how she, once again, misses the right moment with Hermann.
How Schnüsschen celebrates New Year's Eve in Hunsrück, and how she resolves to marry soon. How she and Hermann take care of the children of a girlfriend of hers and she demonstrates to him the advantages of a perfect household. How Clarissa goes to Paris in order to play for a famous cello teacher. How the wedding of Hermann and Schnüsschen turns into a party for all of their friends. How Clarissa returns and goes to the wedding reception as everyone is allready in despair. How Juan tries to die.
The Eternal Daughter
How Mrs. Cerphal finds out that her father will die soon. How she must realize that the villa doesn't belong to her at all and how she surpresses the past. How Hermann and Schnüsschen do everything for their child and try to be happy. How Clarissa returns from California and her cello breaks. How Volkert becomes a great pianist and gets closer to Clarissa. How old Mr. Cerphal dies and thus a period of time for all concerned ends.
The End of the Future
How Reinhard comes back from Mexico and can't find the villa of his friends. How he tries, together with Rob, to depict the disappearance of the house in a film. How Hermann composes a requiem for the torndown house and how the friends have a fight on the construction site. How Clarissa becomes a mother. How Reinhard goes to Venice in order to write a screenplay, how he meets Esther there and how he becomes a charachter in his own film. How he drowns in Lake Ammer near Munich.
Time of Silence
How Rob, the cameraman, meets Esther. How he develops a film technology. How Esther visits the concentration camp in Dachau with her father and loses all trace of her mother. How Hermann meets Consul Handschuh. How Clarissa and Hermann attempt to come to grips with day-to-day life. How Clarissa stops playing the cello. How Hermann cheats on Clarissa and how he and Rob get lost in experiments. How Helga becomes politcally active and fights against the artists. How Rob loses his sight for a while during the premiere presentation of VariaVision.
A Time of Many Words
How Stefan goes to Berlin to shoot his first film. How Helga "modifies" the shooting of the film. How Schnüsschen becomes a student late in life and has a "self-realization". How Clarissa discovers singing with an American girlfriend. How Hermann leaves Schnüsschen and flies to Katrin in Berlin. How a Hollywood producer, unwittingly, pays for the whole revolt against Stefan. How Hermann is confronted with the rubble of his past.
Art or Life
How Hermann becomes the crown prince of Isarfilm, and the childless consul wants to create a permanent bond between him and Hermann, how Hermann looks for advice from friends and how he can't find any of his friends anymore. How Hermann follows Clarissa and finally finds her in Amsterdam. How he experiences Clarissa's "Witches' Passion" and spends a long night with her. How he returns to his small town Hunsrück, in order to learn how to wait.