This is a story of a love that lasted for almost a century – the XX century. Varvara knew Yusup from her childhood – their fathers, both rich merchants, one Russian the other Tartar, did business together in pre-revolutionary Russia. Yusup was a friend of Varvara’s elder brother and the hero of Varvara’s girl dreams.
In general, the love story of Varvara and Yusup is shown against the background of a chain of weddings, that take place at different times of their lives. The supposedly happy events in the life of ordinary couples blend into a dramatic panorama that forms the history of the country.