September 1942. The few men from the Sturmpionierbataillon to have survived the North African campaign have now been sent to the eastern front.
The little hippo Egon lives with his family in the zoo. Egon knows exactly what he wants: He wants to dance ballet. But his father isn’t happy about this idea at all. Hippos wallow in dirt and fight each other for their food. They do not have ballet feet and they most certainly don’t dance!