Tales of departures and partings intersect at Steubenhöft quay – the forgotten port of European emigration. The quay is almost not of this earth, a final terminus and a starting point for the transit voyages to the United States and Canada. The filmmaker traverses this place of countless farewells in images full of longing. Situated on the German North Sea coast, it is the only still-operating, former emigration harbour in the world. Stories told by the people there, travellers after the turn of the century, and emigrants during the war awake the place to new life.