Born into an oligarch family, young Grigory is so caught up in his pampered lifestyle he thinks he is above the law. When he goes too far with his escapades and faces a jail sentence, his father takes radical measures. With the help of his old-time friend, a psychologist, he comes up with a plan to "rehabilitate" his unruly son.
They find an abandoned village and reconstruct it, 19th century style. Soon after that, Grigory gets into an arranged,make-believe car accident, and "goes back in time".