At the end of 1957, the sleeping pill Contergan (thalidomide) comes onto the market. It is considered a miracle drug, because although it is a sleeping pill, it is not supposed to have a lethal effect in any dose. The sleeping pill becomes a gigantic success, quickly claims half of its market in Germany and makes billions in profits. Barely nine months after its market launch, the first contergan-damaged child is born. Because of its lack of lethal effects, it was particularly popular among pregnant women who suffered from insomnia. Based on true events, the sensational events of that time have now become the subject of a gripping tele-fiction.