The story begins at a meeting in Voronezh hospital. The doctor Tatiana Bobrova is nervous – she needs to go home, but the chief physician does not let her go until all issues are solved. Finally she manages to go away.
Her husband, a police major Sergei Bobrov, who occupies one of the key posts in the Department of the Internal Affairs, is waiting for her at home. He meets her with a barrage of accusations, drives himself to a frenzy and beats Tatiana carefully avoiding her face and visible parts of her body.
Tatiana decides to run away immediately.