Death was Agnes’s business. For decades she ran the Weisgut & Sons stonemasonry firm in Hamburg, keeping all that went on in the family well and truly under her thumb. Now, at the age of 91, Agnes has had enough of everything and everyone; she wants to make a clean breast of it and finally and at last air the secrets she has been carrying around with her for far too long. She gets her granddaughter Birte, who has been cast in the same mould as she has, to round up the whole clan – by no means an easy task, for they all hate each other’s guts. It is time for the truth.