Caroline and Robert knew each other from when they were children. Years later, they meet again at summer camp and fall in love. But being alone together is made difficult by the rigorous daily routine at the camp. In addition, the other teenagers detest the fact that Caroline and Robert are always together. Petty jealousies emerge and the head counselor becomes concerned about the moral standards of the camp. Only a student-teacher understands them, and suggests putting on a performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with them in the leading roles. Zschoche's poetic and sensitive summer camp story about first love and sexual awakening struck a cord with East German teenagers. The film was shown in sold-out cinemas and became a box office success.