For young New York journalist Lucy Westfield (Oona Devi Liebich), a new assignment related to the anniversary of September 11, 2001, turns out to be a journey into her own past. Andrew Taylor (Peter Sattmann), a retired firefighter who has shown a special commitment to the families of his colleagues who lost their lives since that day’s difficult mission, is to be honored with the “Silver Star,” one of the country’s highest awards. Lucy knows him from her childhood, and editor-in-chief Melvin (Helmut Zierl) hopes that through the personal connection she will get an interesting interview.
Arriving at Andrew’s pub “Fire & Water” in the Hudson Valley, however, Lucy has to realize that Andrew not only rigorously refuses the “Silver Star” award, but also refuses any explanation for his behavior. Surprisingly, Lucy also meets Andrew’s son Nicholas (Golo Euler) here after many years, who has only recently returned from Los Angeles and now lives in Kingston. He urgently asks her to leave his father, who is in very poor health, alone. Her mother Linda (Irene Kugler) also urges her to stop researching the article and not stir old wounds. Lucy is already about to give up when she begins to suspect the real reason for Andrew’s silence: it seems that his secret has to do with her family, of all people, especially her brother Finn, who has been missing since 2001. Lucy sets out to find the truth. She receives support from an unexpected sideâ€¦.
“Katie Fforde: Like Fire and Water” is the 13th film in the Sunday movie series, which has been running successfully on ZDF since 2010. Katie Fforde” is produced by Network Movie Hamburg, Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Sabine Jaspers. Producer: Anne-Lena Dwyer. The editorial office at ZDF is headed by Verena von Heereman.