The film is based on the play “A Dowerless Girl” by the prominent 19th-century Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky.The beautiful Larissa Ogudalova, daughter of an impoverished, widowed noblewoman, living in a small town on the Volga, is madly in love with Sergei Sergeyevich Paratov. He reciprocates the girl’s feelings as long as it suits his purposes. Paratov keeps secret his engagement to another girl and just passes time with Larissa. At the climactic moment, when the girl is expecting him to explain himself, he leaves town to go inspect his estate. At the same time, Larissa is being proposed to by Karandyshev, whom she despises. Starring as Paratov is the famous actor and director Nikita Mikhalkov. The film is enriched with a lot of beautiful music, with romances which had been written expressly for this motion picture and became very popular after the release of the film.