Though they are light-years away from their home planet, the students aboard the university space station Ilea still find themselves dealing with the down-to-earth travails of friendship and romance amid the perils of deep-space travel. Cogs in the wheel of the ongoing Daedalus Project, Gabriella Tanzi (Fay Masterson) and her classmates struggle to find their own identity in the new frontier of interstellar space.
Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1920s.
They say a blast of flames can take a life ... and hide a secret. But now firemen brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey are battling each other over past slights while trying to stop an arsonist with a diabolical agenda from torching Chicago.
An American, Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world.