A naïve New Yorker retreats to his dead grandfather's summer cottage - a datsche in Germany - but instead of peace he finds Adam, a refugee in hiding.
The neighbors welcome him with open arms, a lot of curiosity and a fair amount of skepticism. The "phone book-thick" set of rules is the smallest challenge. Especially Gregor, a neighbor with a particular penchant for neatly trimmed hedges and nationalist ideas, casts his eagle eye on the American.
Also hiding in what was once the "most beautiful garden" in the entire colony is Adam, a refugee from Ethiopia, who faces deportation if he is discovered. The two young men become friends and make a pact not to tell anyone about Adam's existence.
DATSCHE is inspired by the experiences of British director Lara Hewitt in German small garden settlements.