Marie-Luise Marjan (Carla Bergmann)Ulrich Pleitgen (Prof. Konrad Bechtolsheim)Bettina Kupfer (Sarah Mertens)Ralph Herforth (Rolf Kottenburg)Hans Peter Hallwachs (Bruder Lorenz)Michelle von Treuberg (Biggi Mertens)Marc Metzger (Markus)Horst Mendroch (Küster Kessler)Peter Raffalt (Wirt)Margarita Broich (Wirtin Elfriede)Therese Hämer (Bäuerin Berner)Matthias Komm (Bauer Berner)Franz Xaver Zach (Bürgermeister Burger)Jörn Heisterberg (Fritz)Hans-Jürgen Schmiebusch (Kirchenvorstand)Nambata Shapaka (Siri)Andree WernerJim Boeven (Dr. Kläuber)
Power woman Carla Bergmann is a committed pastor with heart and mind. Thanks to her media-effective appearances, Carla has made a difference in the Third World and, after eventful years abroad, is now looking forward to her pastorate in Cologne. Here she finally wants to take care of her daughter Sarah, who is in a marital crisis. But nothing goes as planned: Sarah resists her domineering mother, and Carla's promised position is already occupied by someone else. The pastor is forced to take over a small church in Sauerland, where she has to start from scratch. At her inaugural service, the church remains yawning, and on top of that, Carla has the thankless task of mediating between the residents and African asylum seekers, who are supposed to move into the former country school despite resistance from the population. Carla only gets support from her brother Lorenz and the art historian Konrad Bechtholsheim, who finds the new pastor more than just likeable. Daughter Sarah, who fled to the country after her marriage to her mother, also supports Carla in this difficult situation - much to the delight of the charming brewery owner Rolf Kottenburg, who falls head over heels in love with Sarah. Carla slowly gained the community's trust with her hands-on manner, but then events came rushing: The recently renovated country school home, where the asylum seekers were to be housed, caught fire.