In this early film made for television, Fassbinder presents the follies of Mike (Michael König) and Günther (Günther Kaufmann), a pair of Munich-dwelling deadbeats who improbably gain possession of a treasure map of the Rio das Mortes area in Peru (though it’s actually in Brazil). Mike and Günther set about trying, mostly in vain, to raise money for their trip to Peru, leading them to sell Mike’s car, much to the dismay of Mike’s girlfriend, Hanna (Hanna Schygulla). An unforeseen twist of fate will make their quest for treasure a reality, but can they overcome their own shortcomings and break free from the constricting boredom of their day-to-day lives?