In the summer of 1930 the crisis after the American Wall Street crash is beginning to spread to Europe. The usual guests have gathered to enjoy the summer and escape to cheerful holiday life, but behind closed doors, reality is quite different. Wholesaler Madsen is bankrupt and fighting a desperate battle to get back in business. Count Ditmar struggles to preserve his marriage and to hide his homosexuality. Actor Weyse has a secret relationship with a young acting student, and manufacturer Frigh is awakened by the midlife crisis his wife had thought was under control. Everyone is preoccupied with their own concerns and they do not notice at all that there are big changes happening in nearby Germany.