During the first world war, when the Germans lose the battle of Tsing Tao, thousands of them are deported to Japan as prisoners of war. At first, they are brought to a camp, treated badly and are looked down upon as they did not have the courage to kill themselves. After two years, they are moved to a new place called Bandou. There, the camp director follows another policy and lets the Germans have as much freedom as possible. Despite many opposing voices, the Japanese and Germans learn to realise that the respective others are not barbarians.