SWR Television, 8.45 a.m
Thomas Stickler left his Burgenland hometown of Rust at an early age and made a career abroad. For years he has been working as a production director in a Frankfurt high-tech company. When it is decided at a meeting to outsource the company's production facilities to Hungary, he quits his job. Thomas goes home earlier than usual that day. He promptly catches his wife Johanna in flagrante delicto with his friend and colleague Thorsten Schmidt. Thomas has had enough: he sees the need to rethink his life and goes back to Rust to his parents' house, the Stickler Inn. The joy of reuniting with his parents Edi and Hermine, his sister Andrea and her husband Georg, as well as with Claudia, his former lover, is abruptly shattered by the sudden death of his father. Edi is laid to rest in the presence of Thomas' family and the local community.