The film is a screening of the novella of the same name by A.P. Chekhov, about a doctor working in a provincial hospital under Tsarists Russia, who having become quite apathetic, spends his days aimlessly without any interest even for his regular work. One day in Pavilion VI, the psychiatric ward, he meets one of his former students, a rebellious, restless spirit. Attracted by what he feels ate the original and new ideas of his patient, the doctor spends more time with him and giving himself up to meditation slowly begins losing touch with reality. His colleagues first ridicule him and then reject him, until finally the doctor ends up in Pavilion 6 himself where he comes to a tragic end.