VALLEY OF THE INNOCENTShortly before her fortieth birthday, police inspector Eva Meyer is transferred from Frankfurt-on-Main to Dresden, where she grew up in a home for children and young people. This Afro-German woman has not been back to the town of her birth since she was eighteen. Deciding that the time has come to find out the truth about her origins, she sets off in search of her parents.
Her research leads her to the heart of Stasi memories, to an office where documents once kept by the GDRs secret police are filed and stored. Here, she learns why her birth was hushed up and how two peoples love for each other ended in betrayal.
Evas mother was a married woman named Helga who once had an affair with an African student. The colour of Evas skin would have given away her mothers infidelity instantly and so, anxious to avoid scandal, Helgas husband agrees to put Eva in a home and work as an informer for the Stasi. The African student, Shepard, is deported.
Now that she understands the far-reaching implications of her mothers entanglement, Eva decides she is at last ready to face her. But before Eva gets to meet her mother, she learns that her family have been living a lie all these years: as far as Evas half-sister is concerned, Evas mother did not leave her husband and Eva was able to grow up with her parents. Furious and hurt by this fabrication, Eva sends her mother all the information she has collated in an anonymous letter. Evas package forces Helga to face up to the repressed and painful events of the past. She and her husband have a terrible row that leads to her husbands accidental death. Distraught and in a complete turmoil, Helga disappears.
Meanwhile, Eva takes up her new post working for Dresden police force in the belief that the subject of her family is now a closed chapter. However, the real search has only just begun.
Evas half-sister, Maria, reports her mother to the police as a missing person. Soon after, Eva discovers the dead body of her step-father in the garden of her parents home. Now its up to her to try and trace her mother yet again, this time in the role of police inspector