Journalist V. B. Semenovsky talks with the heroes of his essays: Doctor of Philology, Professor A. M. Panchenko, with the first poet of the Mansi people Yu. N. Shestalov, twice Hero of Socialist Labor, deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR V. N. Golubeva. A. M. Panchenko speaks (synchronously) about the peculiarities of the Russian national character. Portraits of Russian scientists, artists, poets: A. S. Pushkin, A. A. Blok, L. N. Tolstoy, P. I. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninov, I. Repin, O. Kiprensky, N. Lobachevsky, D. Mendeleev. Old engravings, illustrations of A. Rublev's works. Ferappontov Monastery. Yu. N. Shestalov speaks (synchronously) about the identity of the small peoples of the North. Newsreel. Holiday of the Russian North; a reindeer team is running. Books of the poet Yu. N. Shestalov. Photos of the period of the Great Patriotic War: the defense of the city of Leningrad, Moscow, Stalingrad; "Katyusha" mortar-rocket launchers; wagons with bread to the front; shops of military factories - women and children work; Victory Parade on Red Square on June 24, 1945. V. N. Golubeva tells (synchronously) about his professional path from a weaver to the director of the Ivanovo Worsted Combine named after V. I. Lenin. Workshop of the plant, machines are working. VB Semenovsky says (synchronously) about the tourist route "Golden Ring of Russia", the writer MA Sholokhov.