Abandoned shortly after birth, Denis grew up in a children’s home. Now a young man, Denis finds his life changed dramatically when his mother reappears in his life and takes him to Moscow, intent on making amends for her neglect. She then discovers Denis has one unique quality which his mother has no qualms about exploiting: he feels no pain. Denis enters the mysterious world of the capital's swindlers and gangs of corrupt officials. Desperate for mother's affection, the gullible boy is drawn into a risky adventure of ‘the high and the mighty’.