In 2005, Wiktor's wife, Helena (Halina Golanko), has just died suddenly of a stroke in Poland. Wiktor (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz), the Polish ambassador to Uruguay, arrives to see her too late. An old Russian friend, Oleg (Nikita Mikhalkov), shows up briefly at the funeral for Helena. Wiktor wants to know if Oleg was involved with Helena. Oleg must travel to Uruguay and promises to tell Wiktor everything when they meet again.