Somewhere in Nothern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives a very
unusual man. His fellow-monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who
visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and
foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he
committed in his youth. The film is a parable, combining the realities of Russian
everyday life with monastic ritual and routine.