The documentary represents the first film dedicated to the enigmatic figure of Carlos Kleiber. The film follows in the traces of the conductor's final journey and - by means of the recollections of friends and other companions, including the first and only interview with his sister Veronika - portrays a man as renowned for his difficult personality as his brilliant work. With Placido Domingo, Brigitte Fassbaender, Michael Gielen, Manfred Honeck, Veronika Kleiber, Otto Schenk and others. "I never wanted to talk about what he did and always said my brother didn't give interviews, so I wouldn't say anything myself," reveals Veronika Kleiber. And she explains the background to this silence. "As far as possible you should leave no traces behind in life. That's an old Chinese saying that my brother identified with." She adds good-humouredly: "And now here we are, acting as traces. That's all your fault!"