Bursting with idealism, Melanie Proschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. Desperate to fulfil her hopes, Melanie intends to do everything the right way. Politely she introduces herself to her neighbours with homemade schnapps. At her first day of school she gives a very ambitious speech for her colleagues. She wants to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but it is not easy to start a new life, as Melanie copes with loneliness, established teachers and ninth grade students.