Zürich in the mid 50’s: The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS. There he gets to know the transvestite star Röbi Rapp – and immediately falls head over heels in love with him. Röbi and Ernst live through the high point and the eventual decline of the organization, which, in the whole Europe, is seen as the symbol of gay emancipation. From the present, the film looks back to the time when the “Mother” of all European homosexual organizations had its high point until it fell apart. While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and – together with their friends – for gay rights.