The summer of 1912. Storm clouds on the horizon. Adrian returns home after failing the Military Academy. He tries to disguise his disgrace. The calm surface of his bourgeois world has been shaken. His mother has invited a new guest - Vicki, a divorcee. Vicki's seductive charms and easy manner sends a shock-waves through the family. When Adrian and Vicki fall in love, the shock-waves become an earthquake. The flimsy house of cards of bourgeois morals comes tumbling done. The family is torn in two. A duel is in the air. War is about to break out.