Dr. Felix Hoffmann is about to head home after a grueling night shift when he hears the words, “This gun is loaded!” Hoffmann, long accustomed to helping others on the verge of death, suddenly finds himself - along with several colleagues and patients - at the mercy of a deranged, blind kidnapper in the ICU.
It's been 101 days since Felix Hoffmann's girlfriend, Celine, left Berlin in a humanitarian convoy carrying aid to Kurdish northern Iraq. Now her coffin returns home. With the Iraq War all but begun, the story coming from Baghdad is that the young woman orchestrated the very bomb attack that killed her. But a devastated Felix, doctor at South Berlin Hospital, cannot believe that Celine would willingly participate in such an act, and certain clues - as well as questioning from German, Iraqi, and American agencies - raise the good doctor's suspicions.