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Concentration camp survivor Nelly Lenz undergoes reconstructive facial surgery after injuries have left her severely disfigured. Gradually returning to daily life in post-WWII Berlin, she ignores the cautionary overtures of her activist friend and embarks on a search for Johnny, the husband who may have betrayed her to the Nazis. Hidden behind a face that is not her own and desperately seeking to find her old love and recover their way of life, Nelly keeps her identity secret when Johnny fails to recognise her, allowing him to inveigle her into a scheme with disturbing implications.