A provocative drama perfectly captures a slice of recent history. Three young dreamers cross the Russian border into Hungary after the fall of the Berlin Wall, hoping to escape the poverty of the old Soviet Union and the politics of communism. As soon as musicians Yura (Yuri Fomichev) and Vadim (Igor Chernievich) set foot on Hungarian soil, they strike out on their own for Budapest, leaving their musicians' collective behind. Meanwhile, Sergei (Aleksei Serebriakov), a serious-minded engineer, arrives in Budapest with two suitcases full of knives he hopes to sell. The trio meet in Budapest, portrayed as a teeming international bohemia full of footloose adventurers from all over Europe and the United States.