Police officer Hella Christensen is on her way to her new job in Kiel. But she doesn't get far because a dead girl was found at the pier in her hometown. Hella's new superior, Simon Kessler, has already arrived from Kiel and is awaiting her on the bridge. Hella recognizes the dead person immediately: it is 14-year-old Jenni, daughter of her neighboring family. Kessler orders the recently defunct local office to be used to investigate the murder.