The filmmakers raise the eternal question about the meaning of life, about death. The film tells about how they tried to understand whether there is a meaning in life that would not be destroyed by the impending death of Leo Tolstoy, K.E. Tsiolkovsky, thinkers of antiquity. Modern scientists express their point of view about what is the life of the body and the life of the spirit, whether there is life after death, about the problems of aging of the organism. The film includes interviews (sinhr.) With a member. Of the USSR Academy of Sciences I.T. Frolov, academician of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, resuscitation specialist V.A. Negovsky, doctor of medical sciences G.M. Butenko, candidate of philosophical sciences S.A. Kuchinsky. Fragments of a surgical operation. A young woman who has suffered clinical death, talks about her feelings (sinhr.). Landscapes: river; winter forest; waterfalls in the mountains of India; desert views; the mountains; sea coast. House-Museum of Leo Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana. Transport movement in the city. India: rock paintings; Buddhist monks receive pilgrims in the temple; engravings; Buddha statue. Lesson of the circle of model aircraft in the field. Laboratory mice in a cage. Deer in the forest. Octopuses at the bottom of the sea. A herd of horses gallops across the field. Monument at the grave of F.M. Dostoevsky. Monument at the grave of A.S. Dargomyzhsky. The film uses newsreel footage: workers at their machines, peasants at work (d / r); religious procession on Red Square, Patriarch Nikon (1918); scientists demonstrate experiments in the laboratory (beginning of the 20th century), fragments of feature films with the participation of Vera Holodnaya (d / r) are used.