The Marquise Juliette von O. is pregnant and does not know by whom. But nobody believes the young widow! Disowned by her parents, she is on her own to find the unknown father. But only with time does the Marquise realize that her pregnancy has something to do with that ominous night which she vehemently tries to suppress: Russian troops had attacked the family estate. Like an angel, a Count F. heard her cries for help. Afterwards the memory fades; the Marquise faints ... But it turns out that this supposed rescuer is her rapist and father of the unborn child. Count F. even asks for the Marquise's hand in marriage - and she now has to make a difficult decision...Kleist traces the Marquise's fate as if in a detective novel. The problem of violence against women remains frighteningly topical today - even beyond war situations. Director Deborah Epstein is particularly impressed by the strong female figure of the Marquise, who succeeds in creating a new self-confidence out of the victim role and vehemently resists the conventions of society.