Comedy misadventure set in New York. A young German woman Elaine Hines (Hanna Schygulla) lands in New York determined to make her fortune as a writer. Things are not that simple, however, as Elaine accidentally holds up a wealthy couple, gaining a mink coat into the bargain. Trying to return the coat to its rightful owner, a woman called Lulu (Deborah Harry), Elaine winds up in a gangster's hideaway just as a shootout erupts, leaving her with a briefcase full of cash. The comic misadventures continue as Elaine digs herself deeper into trouble.