Douglas Sirk directs this wartime romance set against the backdrop of a German soldier returning home on leave. After being worn down by the ravages of duty on the Russian front, Private Ernst Graeber (John Gavin) finally receives his long-awaited leave and returns home to Germany. After discovering his home bombed, Ernst, trying to find his parents, meets and falls in love with Elizabeth Kruze (Liselotte Pulver). Attempting to set up house together, they discover that Elizabeth is pregnant. However, the couple's new-found happiness is shattered when Ernst is recalled to the front.