The plot of this thriller is based on unusual works of art. Each of the paintings depicts a sleeping person whose soul is trapped in the canvas. This curse has come to the modern world from a Master Painter who loved his wife to insanity. As she was dying, the Master seized her soul in a portrait with the power of his feelings. This legend inspired businessman Pavel Voronov to acquire a collection of canvases with sleeping people. Photographer Kostya and art critic Agnessa help him with his work. Artist Aleksey Tikhonov, who dreams to continue the work of the Master, also hunts for unusual paintings and learns to include 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". The crime is handled by the Justice Major and the Investigator for "especially important cases", Irina Shchulyaeva, who makes herself a promise to get to the of the matter.