The heroes of the film are modern young people - journalist Alexei Dmitriev, his wife, Tatyana, and someone Klimov. Classic love triangle. Klimov shows increased interest to Tatyana, skillfully playing the role of lover and connoisseur of poetry. Being an unspiritual person, he unceremoniously intrudes into the family life of the Dmitrievs, insulting and humiliating Alexei. To defend the honor and dignity, Alexey challenges Klimov to a duel.