Olga Ivanova's son Misa lies dying in his room. The doctor Nikolai can give Olga no hope for his recovery. The doctor knowing that time is running out asks if what Olga told him 9 years ago is true, that is that Misa is his son. The drama becomes complicated because Nikolai has knowledge that Olga has been collecting money not only from him but two others in the city for Misa's upkeep. The resolution is complex and sad at the same time.