Varun visits home after 12 years in the USA. He finds himself facing a culture shock in reverse – unable to understand any more what he had taken for granted earlier. The homeland now is as foreign to him as his country of adoption. He meets a young lady doctor, falls in love and woos her.
In a village of Silesia, Maly and his friends discuss the scary stories about a violent man that caused his son to run away. Maly’s father dies mysteriously one day in a mining accident and, shortly thereafter, a rumor spreads that a hyena has run away and is threatening the townspeople.
The former recreation home for Soviet cinematographers in the South Caucasus is being reused to accommodate writers. But that does not seem to work very well either. At present, only Boris Martow, a talent from the promising times of the perestroika, is on the guest list.
A stage show hypnotist engaged to his heavily mascaraed female assistant Magda is murdered by his jealous partner who was Magda’s main squeeze until the hypnotist came along. A boxer with sticky fingers that moonlights as a flower deliverer is framed for the murder.
The brutal murder of a family in their Stockholm house launches a police investigation. The lack of clues prompts Detective Inspector Joona Linna to seek the help of a famous hypnotist, Erik Maria Bark. The idea is to have him interrogate the only survivor, a 15 year-old boy in a state of shock.