The plot of the thriller is based on unusual works of art. Each of the paintings depicts a sleeping man and soul in the canvas. This curse has come to the modern world from an artist who loved his wife to insanity. When she was dying, the master seized her soul in a portrait with the power of his feelings. This legend inspired businessman Pavel Voronov to collect a collection of canvases with sleeping people. Photographer Kostya and art critic Agnessa are help him in it. Artist Aleksey Tikhonov, who dreams to continue the work of the master, also hunts for unusual paintings and learn to conclude souls in portraits. This story could well remain a legend for art students if it were not for the murder of a famous painter, another fan of "the sleeping". This crime is handled by the justice major and the investigator for especially important cases, Irina Shchulyaeva, who gives herself a word to get to the bottom of the truth.