The Waiting Time begins with a seemingly unprovoked attack by a female corporal, Tracy Barnes (Zara Turner-Sliding Doors), of the British Intelligence Corps, on an influential German politician. Befriended by Joshua Mantle (John Thaw-Inspector Morse, Kavanagh Q.C.), a solicitor's clerk, Tracy and Joshua travel to Berlin to pursue the truth about the mysterious murder of her German lover ten years earlier. A suspenseful tale of espionage and death unfolds in this post Cold War drama based on the best-selling novel by Gerald Seymour. Unraveling the events that led to the assault, Tracy and Joshua find themselves involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the infamous East German State Secret Police-the Stasi.