The film tells about the history of the discovery of phosphorus, its properties and role in the existence of living matter. Table "Periodic table of elements of DN Mendeleev", in which phosphorus is highlighted in color (animation). Phosphorus atom model. Portrait of the scientist H. Brand from Germany, who discovered phosphorus in 1669. Demonstration of the properties of phosphorus in laboratory experiments. Rhinoceros. The spider weaves a web. The teacher is in the classroom near the blackboard. Competition of athletes in synchronized swimming. Mountain peaks (aerial photography). Apatites and phosphorites. Fertilizing the field. A milkmaid milks a cow. Manufacturing processes for making matches. Pharmaceutical preparations containing phosphorus. Pharmacist at the pharmacy kiosk. Mineral with turquoise. Turquoise jewelry.