In the centre of narration there is a meeting of Ekaterina and rebel Yemelyan Pugachev who wanted to deprive the Empress her throne. In a real life Pugachev and Ekaterina didn’t meet. But the director Ekaterina Toldonova has decided to assume that this meeting there was. The film actually represents some kind of dialogue between the Empress and the Rebel. What is freedom in Russia? What do the people wait from the power? Heroes of a film search answers on these and other questions. The director names the film a philosophical parable - "Reflection on a theme of Russian national identity".